Professional Nurse Advocate Group

The Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) programme was developed in 2021 around the A-EQUIP model (Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement) and enables those trained to be advocates for nurses, health care professionals and patients. 

The purpose of the PNA subgroup is to promote, develop and share learning with regards to the PNA role within the intensive care setting, throughout the Thames Valley and Wessex Network. 

Whilst initial meetings were structured, they have now developed into a supportive space where PNAs can share experiences of organisation engagement, implementation successes and challenges, and keep abreast of the national progress, research and systems level politician leverage.

There are some excellent examples within the network of organisational implementation of a lead PNA which has enabled effective roll out. Others are experiencing challenges. The energy gained when the group meet is inspirational and motivates the group to keep the focus on the vision. 

How often does the group meet?

Every two months on MS Teams

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Group chair(s)

Name: Ciara Wharton
Divisional Practice Development Nurse, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Name: Melanie Gager
Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


Further information regarding the PNA programme and role from the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N)

CC3N website

National Evaluation Report of the PNA Programme in England