The professional nurse advocate (PNA) model was launched in 2021 by NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer, with the main aims of improving the health and wellbeing of the nursing workforce and to support nursing retention.
Professional Nurse Advocacy involves the A-EQUIP model (Advocating and Empowering for Quality Improvement) and the delivery of restorative clinical supervision.
They support nursing colleagues through restorative clinical supervision, which can take place on either an individual or group basis.
This to support nurses to reflect on situations in a safe space and to make sense and take forward learning.
PNAs also support nursing colleagues via career conversations or encouraging quality improvement.
The model supports nurses and their supervisors to reflect on the four functions
- Clinical supervision
- Monitoring, evaluation, and quality control
- Personal action for quality improvement
- Education and development (formative)
Restorative clinical supervision (RCS)
Professional nurse advocates (PNAs) support nurses in a continuous improvement process to build on personal and professional clinical leadership using restorative clinical supervision (RCS).
PNAs us restorative clinical supervision to provide colleagues with a confidential safe space to help with clinical, wellbeing and learning support.
Promoting psychological safety and awareness in own practice and safe choices based on the best available evidence, using the restorative function of the A-EQUIP model.
Allowing you to discuss any personal and professional issues, including clinical incidents -providing an opportunity to reflect and develop both personal and professional resilience.
Helping to develop a nurse’s ideas and actions for quality improvement and hold reflective discussions regarding revalidation and career development.
Benefits of restorative clinical supervision
Experience less stress, burnout, and sickness absence
Develop personally and professionally
Be less inclined to leave the profession
Feel less isolated
Develop clinical competence and knowledge.
For the organisation
- Have a means of developing nursing practice to improve quality of patient care
- Improved communication between professional groups, particularly where clinical supervision groups are multi-professional
- Sissemination of good practice, shared learning
- Reduced turnover of staff and sickness absence
- Have a tool for maintaining, monitoring and developing good practice
- Innovation encouraged; staff more motivated and have higher job satisfaction.
To book a session with a professional nurse advocate or for more information regarding the role, please email [email protected]