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 critical care nurses are experiencing during the pandemic (Kinman et al 2020; NHS Confederation 2020; West et al 2020). Bespoke mental health support for 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 support to nursing staff, 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 enhance health and wellbeing) to colleagues and teams within a wide range of services and beyond. In addition, the training equips nurses to lead and deliver quality improvement initiatives in response to service demands and changing patient requirements.
Due to the successful training of initial cohorts from critical care and Children and Young People’s services, this offer has now been opened up to support nurses within a wider arena.
The course consists of a 10-day virtual programme which is accredited at Level 7 and therefore PNA students will need to have been trained at an accredited Level 6 to be accepted on the programme.