Meet the South West Faculty for Advanced Practice

Lisa Munro-Davies MD FRCS FRCEM
Regional Lead for Advanced Practice


Lisa is the Regional Lead for Advanced Practice in the South West. She is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at UHBW, Bristol since 2005. Areas of special interest include: Postgraduate Medical/Health Education, Workforce planning & development, multi-disciplinary team development and Point of Care USS. Regional & National roles: Associate Postgraduate Dean for Workforce Transformation NHSE SW (WT&E), Clinical Lead Faculty for Advancing Practice NHSE SW (WT&E). Regional Clinical Adviser Urgent and Emergency Care NHSE SW. Past Vice President Royal College of Emergency Medicine 2016 – 2022.

Girish Lakhanpal
Regional Deputy Lead for Advanced Practice

Girish Lakhanpal

Girish is the Regional Deputy Lead for Advanced Practice. His role involves ensuring the day to day running of the South West Advanced Practice Faculty, including overseeing finance, comms and data. In addition to this I work closely with the education providers across the South West to ensure they can meet the demand of the trainee advanced practitioner workforce that we support.

Lou Buckle
Advanced Practice Education and Development Specialist Lead

Lou Buckle

Lou is the Advanced Practice Education & Development Specialist Lead. Her role provides support across the region to systems, organisations, training hubs and services as required on what advanced practice is, how it can support workforce transformation, service delivery and patient pathways. Her role also helps our partners with developing governance structures and processes to support advanced practice roles. Lou is a registered nurse and has a clinical background as an advanced practitioner working across a variety of unscheduled care settings.

Rachael Brandreth
Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Lead

Rachael Brandreth

Rachael is passionate about developing our workforce for both the benefit of service users and of the staff who deliver care. Rachael is the go-to for all things community and allied health professionals (AHPs) in our faculty. As a registered dietitian Rachael has experience spanning the lifecycle across specialities and settings both clinically and as professional lead. Rachael is also an experienced multi-disciplinary leader.

Simon Ingram
Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Lead

Simon Ingram

Simon is one of our Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Leads. His clinical role is as Musculoskeletal Consultant Physiotherapist in Somerset so he will also support the wider MSK aspect of Advanced Practice within the region.

Carole Boulanger
Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Lead

Carole Boulanger

Carole is a Consultant Nurse / ACCP from the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Carole has been involved in the development of the ACCP role since its pilot for the New Ways of Working in Critical Care. Alongside practicing as an ACCP in her ICU Carole has been involved in developing the role nationally. Through the National Framework for Advanced Critical Care practitioners, the RCoA via the Allied profession related to anaesthesia and working with FICM to develop the core curriculum and syllabus for CCT for ACCPs. Carole is elected chair of the National Association of Advanced Critical Care Practitioners [NaACCP].

Martin Nelson
Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Lead

Martin is the supervision and assessment lead for Radiography, Oncology and End of Life Care. He is a registered Diagnostic Radiographer with over 30 years of experience in diagnostic imaging and reporting. He has held a variety of leadership roles, utilizing these opportunities for developing and expanding clinical practice. His current role is education lead for the Cardiac Ultrasound department at a tertiary unit, with an Advanced practice element, that he has held for the last 12 years. Working outside of the traditional Radiography environment has allowed him to work with other professional groups assisting them with their chosen areas of development. Martin is enthusiastic about communicating knowledge, seeing connections, and breaking down traditional barriers.

Sharon Wade
Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Lead

Sharon is currently one of the Southwest faculty Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Leads. She has a special interest in surgery and frailty and am the go-to person for these specialities. Her main role is as a Consultant Nurse at Gloucestershire hospitals NHS Trust in Trauma and Orthopaedics. She has also worked in theatres and recovery/high dependency units. She is keen to develop our advanced practice workforce to benefit patient care throughout the patient pathway.

Steve Blakeway
Advanced Practice Education and Training Development Lead

Steve Blakeway

Steve is the Supervision and Assessment Lead for Nurses and Paramedics in Primary Care in the South West. He still works clinically within Primary Care as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) (Nurse) and has experience of working as a Lead ACP and Work-Based Supervisor. During his 18 years in the NHS he has experience including Acute Secondary Clinical Care and Clinical Hospital Site Leadership in addition to more recent senior PCN leadership roles. Steve is also a founding member of the Devon Local Medical Committee for Advanced Practice. He is passionate about standardizing, championing and supporting learners with their development which he sees as pivotal in supporting and enhancing Primary Care service provision in the South West and beyond.

Jennifer Phillips
Educational Design Project Support Officer

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer is the Educational Design Project Support Officer within the South West Faculty of Advanced Practice. Her role consists of providing support for a range of projects and initiatives around quality and trainee data. This includes NETS (National Education and Training Survey) and Quality Panels for AP trainees to feedback on their learning environment. She also provides support collecting data, to improve, inform and support trainees across their advanced practice learning journey.

Heather Munro
Educational Delivery Project Support Officer

Heather is the Educational Delivery Project Support Officer. She supports the team and collaborates with external stakeholders to develop advanced practice education and workforce transformation throughout our region. Her role includes supporting daily operations, optimizing processes and managing resources. Additionally, she helps manage Faculty finances and contributes to the development, publication, and promotion of all Faculty communications.

Advanced Practice Integrated Care Board Leads

Our ICB Leads work alongside the South West Faculty for Advanced Practice to promote advanced practice, enhance workforce transformation and improve connectivity and governance within their region.

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Sue Close
Advanced Practice Integrated Care Board Lead for Dorset

Sue is a physiotherapist by background, working in the speciality of Paediatric MSK. Her current clinical role is at Great Ormond Street Hospital in Spinal surgery part time. She is also the Dorset ICB Advanced Practice Workforce Transformation Lead. She became involved in advanced practice when she was the Team Lead in Acute Paediatrics at Poole Hospital. This started by taking on clinics as an Extended Scope Practitioner, which then evolved into advanced practice with increasing number of complex patients in autonomous clinics, expanding across professional boundaries with responsibility for tests and imaging, interpretation and admitting patients for surgery or urgent care. Sue’s work ethics are to show everyone respect and civility, treat others how she wishes to be treated herself, and do the best for the children and families in her care.

Donna Pereira
Advanced Practice Integrated Care Board Lead for Devon 

Donna qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 and began her career in Hillingdon NHS Trust. She completed a mixed rotation and enjoyed the mental health side, so spent the next 15 years of her career in this area, working clinically in both older people, adult mental health and Occupational health with staff. Donna has held several senior positions including Head of Development and Staff Well Being for Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Head of Occupational Health and Head of Occupational Therapy in West London Mental Health Trust.
She is interested in staff engagement and development and have completed research on staff engagement in the NHS workplace. She has also worked with educational partners and have been a moderator for courses at post graduate level.
Donna is passionate about Workforce planning, Learning & Development and looks forward to working with organisations and educational partners across the Devon system to develop advanced practice.

Dan Hoare
Advanced Practice Integrated Care Board Lead for Somerset 

Dan Hoare is the Advanced Practice Planning Lead for Somerset. His role is to link with organisations and providers across the Somerset area to develop, embed and support Advanced Practice throughout the county, working closely with the Advanced Practice leads for Primary and Secondary Care services. Dan has a varied Workforce background spanning HR, L&D, Workforce Development and Recruitment, and holds a dual role as a People Business Partner for the Surgical Service Group at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

Lizzie Bradshaw
Advanced Practice Integrated Care Board Lead for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Lizzie is the ICB lead for Advanced Practice in BNSSG. Her role involves scoping the current status of Advanced Practice across the BNSSG ICS; including primary, health and social care as well as secondary care. She works with care providers to support them to develop advanced practice within their organisations. Lizzie is an MSK physiotherapist by background and works clinically in primary care in Bristol.

Susie Durrell
Advanced Practice Integrated Care Board Lead for Gloucestershire 

Susie is the ICB Advancing Practice Lead for One Gloucestershire overseeing a system wide programme based on implementing regional and national advanced practice workforce priorities with the SW Faculty. She has national recognition as a pioneer and champion for extended roles since 1993 and has worked as a Consultant Practitioner (Physiotherapist) in MSK in Gloucestershire since 2006. She has considerable experience as a post-graduate clinical educator and in leading transformational change across integrated patient pathways.

Ross Bate
Advanced Practice Lead for the South Western Ambulance Service

Ross is Head of Advanced Clinical Practice for South Western Ambulance Service. Ross has 13 years of clinical experience working in a variety of leadership and Advanced Practice roles across primary, urgent, and emergency care. Ross has a passion for empowering clinicians to manage patients closer to home, without the need for hospital attendance.

Advance Practice Integrated Care Board Lead for Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

This post is currently vacant. Please keep an eye out for it on NHS Jobs if you are interested in this position.

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