Creating Clinical Academic Leaders in Nursing, Midwifery & the Allied Health Professions in Wessex: A Collaborative Training Programme – Dr Greta Westwood

In April, on behalf of the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the Faculty of Health Sciences University of Southampton and our Wessex NHS partners I had the privilege of presenting at the 6th NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference in Brisbane, NSW, Australia. I demonstrated how our collaborative training programme is creating clinical academic leaders in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professionals (NMAHP) in Wessex.

I focused on developing the critical NHS engagement with both the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex and the faculty needed to advance the agenda. The presentation demonstrated the benefits and impact for all organisations, our NMAHP workforce and our patients.
The conference focussed on transforming education through scholarship, development of academic leadership and evaluation research. Approximately 400 delegates attended from across the world including USA, New Zealand, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Singapore, Sweden, China, Finland, Pakistan, Norway, Hong Kong, Japan and 23 UK universities (Edinburgh Napier, Huddersfield, Coventry, Manchester, Glasgow Caledonian, Chester, City London, Stirling, Nottingham, Birmingham, Salford, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, Keele, West of Scotland, Oxford Brookes, Surrey, Cambridge, Glyndwr, Belfast, Huddersfield, Kings College and of course Southampton).

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England, presented the development of the Associate/Assistant Nurse role as recommended in “The Shape of Caring” publication following the Willis Report. As a call for action, Lisa has now established an international community of practice (CoP) to consider how this role has developed across the world and learning that is applicable to the English model.

Colleagues from Bournemouth University, Professor Steve Tee and Dr Sue Way were also present.


Sue presented the work of a Portsmouth NHS Hospitals Trust Clinical Doctoral Midwife Research Fellow, Dana Colbourne “Leading with a SMiLE: Exploring a Student Midwife Integrated Learning Environment”. Our own Dame Professor Jill Macleod Clark also attended, a great support for me and provided current NMC nursing curriculum plans.

A thoroughly enjoyable 3 days in sunny, beautiful Brisbane. It was a great chance to network with colleagues and develop those important relationships. I feel terribly honoured to have presented our work to this international audience. I so was exhausted after I treated myself to a weeks leave in the totally beautiful North Queensland, careful of course of the saltwater crocs!

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