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Nursing and midwifery advisory group

The Nursing and Midwifery HEEAG works alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) to provide strategic professional advice and expertise to HEE around in its work on workforce planning and education development.


Advisory group members

  • Lisa Bayliss-Pratt (Co-chair), Health Education England
  • Helen Langton (Co-chair), University of South Wales
  • Gail Adams, UNISON
  • Obi Amadi, UNITE
  • Mandy Bailey, Association of UK University Hospitals
  • Joanne Bosanquet, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Debbie Carrick-Sen, Newcastle University
  • Janet Davies, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Jan Draper, Open University
  • Colette Ferguson, NHS Education for Scotland
  • David Foster, Department of Health (DH)
  • Hilary Garratt, NHS England
  • Janice Sigsworth/Gill Heaton, Shelford Group
  • Elaine Readhead, Health Education England North East
  • Liz Sharp, BMI Healthcare
  • Louise Silverton, Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
  • Andy Tilden, Skills for Care
  • Anne Trotter, Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Suzanne Tyler, Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
  • Angelo Varetto, Skills for Health

Meeting dates

  • 08 Nov 2013
  • 10 Jan 2014
  • 04 Mar 2014
  • 06 May 2014
  • 08 Jul 2014
  • 02 Sept 2014
  • 12 Nov 2014
  • 19 Jan 2015, 10:30 – 13:00, Portland House, London
  • 2 Mar 2015, 10:30 – 13:00, Portland House, London
  • 18 May 2015, 10:30 – 13:00, Portland House, London
  • 3 Aug 2015, 10:30 – 13:00, Portland House, London
  • 8 Oct 2015, 14:00 – 17:00, Portland House, London
  • 16 Nov 2015, 10:30 – 13:00, Portland House, London

Minutes from past meetings can be found in the related documents section below. For more information about this advisory group, please contact HEE.AdvisoryGroups@nhs.net.

 

Terms of reference

Purpose of the Group:

  • To provide professional oversight and expert Nursing and Midwifery advice to the SAF, LETB and HEE Board on planning and developing the nursing, midwifery and support staff workforce for health, public health and social care
  • To enable HEE to meet its mandate requirements in relation to Nursing and Midwifery
  • To influence decisions concerning workforce planning and development for the nursing and midwifery professions and their support staff at a national level
  • To influence policy and other proposals to inform and deliver changes needed to improve nursing, midwifery and support staff education identified in national policy documents
  • To consider transformational developments in service provision and delivery, that are responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities and the impact upon the nursing, midwifery and support staff workforce and their education needs

Functions of the Group:

The Group will:

  • Use relevant information from the LETB (e.g. annual investment plans), other relevant sources (e.g. the Centre for Workforce Intelligence), and other HEE bodies as appropriate and other national and international sources.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary and collaborative way with the other HEE advisory groups and with the SAF.
  • Provide advice to HEE (Board and SAF) with regard to LETB workforce plans in light of the national and international strategic picture, and take into account the quality and productivity challenge.
  • Draw on member’s network intelligence to advise on relevant policy thinking and developments
  • Undertake activity on a task and finish basis
  • Develop and implement appropriate communications in line with HEE to fulfil the professional leadership functions of the advisory group
  • Disseminate innovative and best practice initiatives

Governance of the Group:

The Group will:

  • Be accountable to the HEE board.
  • Meet between four and six times a year for no longer than three hours each meeting. IN addition 90 day task and finish groups will be established to the advisory board as necessary to undertake bespoke pieces of work as required
  • Be composed of two Co-Chairs, of which one is elected from and by the membership
  • Be supported by a secretariat provided by HEE who will be in attendance at meetings.
  • Each organisation represented on the group has one member but also may nominate one pre-determined, named alternate to attend if necessary. 
  • Members must have a commitment to the purpose of the group and the right level of authority to make meaningful decisions.
  • Maintain robust communication channels with stakeholders

Group processes:

The group will:

  • Take an evidence-based approach and where appropriate commission relevant research and reports as required.
  • Use relevant information from the LETB (e.g. annual investment plans), other relevant sources (e.g. the Centre for Workforce Intelligence), and other HEE bodies as appropriate and other national and international sources.
  • Take a project management approach to the working of the group making use of task and finish groups made up of group members and expert stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Be focussed on the impact of workforce planning and development on delivering high quality care for all and addressing the quality and productivity challenge.
  • Interface with the other national HEEAGs to ensure workforce planning, education and training of all professionals is undertaken in collaboration
  • Produce information for the SAF as requested

Membership of the Group:

  • Director of Nursing for NSHE
  • Managing Directors of LETBs
  • Directors of Education and Quality of LETBs
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council representative
  • Royal College of Nursing representative
  • Royal College of Midwives representative
  • Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
  • Unison representative
  • Public and lay representation
  • National Patient and Public Engagement
  • DH Public Health Nursing and Midwifery
  • Public Health England
  • Council of Deans of Health representative
  • Skills for Health
  • Skills for Care
  • Shelford Group
  • NHS Scotland
  • Clinical Academic
  • Co-options (as required e.g. CfWI, DH Workforce rep, QNI)

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