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Professional Nurse Advocates Programme Launches at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

The Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) delivers restorative supervision for all nursing colleagues.

The PNA is a practising nurse, who has completed the PNA accredited masters level course to support the nursing workforce using the (A-EQUIP) model, Advocating for Education, Quality, and Improvement.

The role of Professional Nurse Advocates was originally launched in 2021 during the third wave of the pandemic, because of the impacts it had alongside other pressures on the workforce. The programme is the first of its kind for nurses that addresses the emotional demands of their roles and uses tools and techniques to have reflective conversations including restorative clinical supervision (RCS).

Jennifer Pearson, Head of Nursing for Division 2 at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “Restorative clinical supervision (RCS) focuses on addressing the emotional needs of the workforce and provides psychological safe spaces to support our nurses through reflective conversations, building personal resilience. This can be done one-to-one or in a group environment and pilot studies have shown that RCS improves the health, career, emotional well-being, and supporting staff to take personal action.” 

A Professional Nurse Advocate includes, restorative clinical supervision, supporting quality improvement initiatives, providing clinical leadership, career conversations and signposting to further additional support where required. At ROH we currently have four PNA’s and plan to increase this number. The team includes: 

  • Jennifer Pearson - Lead PNA Head of Nursing Div 2 
  • Rajesh Rajan - Theatre Practitioner PNA
  • Sherrell Moorhouse - sister ADCU PNA
  • Shamailia Vincent - Theatre practitioner

To learn more about Professional Nurse Advocates, visit NHS England » Professional nurse advocate