It is widely recognised that all sectors of the healthcare workforce were already experiencing widespread stress, mental health problems and burnout. The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe and the associated morbidity and mortality has challenged nations and their health services by several means. These existing levels of work-related health problems are likely rise further due to the exceptional pressure that many nurses are experiencing during the pandemic (Kinman et al 2020; NHS Confederation 2020; West et al 2020). Bespoke mental health support for both professional groups is needed now more than ever.

The role of a Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) and use of A-EQUIP model (advocating for education and quality improvement) is well placed to facilitate support during this time. In order to provide further wellbeing, there is a need to increase the number of PNAs across the country.

The training will provide the participants with the skills to facilitate restorative supervision to colleagues and teams. In addition, the training equips nurses to lead and deliver quality improvement initiatives in response to service demands and changing patient requirements.

To train Nurses as Professional Nurse Advocates (PNA’s) in England. NHSE/I funded PNA Training and have appointed Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in England to deliver the training.

The course offer will consist of a 10-day virtual programme which is accredited at Level 7 and therefore all potential PNA students will need to evidence prior learning at a Level 6.

More information about restorative supervision can be found online.

Please contact Berni if you would like any further information.