PNA developments

Professional network leads

  • Kate Wales – PNA Network Lead – Health and Criminal Justice (Prisons)
  • Karen Wilson – PNA Network Lead – Critical Care
  • Julia Fairhall – PNA Network Lead – Community
  • Angela Crowther – PNA Network Lead – Children and Young People (CYP) and CYP Mental Health [Combined Network]
  • Lesley Richardson – PNA Network Lead – Children and Young People (CYP) and CYP Mental Health [Combined Network]
  • Michelle Wakelin – PNA Network Lead – Children and Young People (CYP) and CYP Mental Health [Combined Network]
  • Katy Powell – PNA Network Lead – Children and Young People (CYP) and CYP Mental Health [Combined Network]
  • Kevin Fernandez – PNA Network Lead – Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)
  • Sala Khulumula – PNA Network Lead – Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)
  • Cheryl Young – PNA Network Lead – General Practice Nurses (GPNs)/ Primary Care
  • Alex Torrance – PNA Network Lead – General Practice Nurses (GPNs)/ Primary Care
  • John Stagg – PNA Network Lead – Learning Disabilities
  • Nokuthula Marks – PNA Network Lead – Mental Health
  • Martin Hogan – PNA Network Lead – Quality Improvement (QI)

Professional nurse advocate (PNA) networks

If you would like to join a PNA network for your nursing field of practise, please email us at: and we will forward your contact details onto the relevant network lead.

Chief nursing officer (CNO) networks

The CNO Policy team are inviting colleagues to join the CNO Nursing and Midwifery Policy Matters Professional Network

The Policy Matters Professional Network offers those registrants with an interest in policy a number of opportunities, these include:

  • Input into professional consultations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to ensure the voice of the professions is central to all decision-making;
  • Engagement with new programmes of work, supporting local innovation and national system transformation;
  • Access to development opportunities such as masterclass events pertinent to you as a professional leader and member of the Policy Matters Professional Network;
  • To showcase and share best practice examples with colleagues globally;
  • To come together as a network with colleagues from across the health and care system in England;

This network is committed to supporting the collective voice of nurses and midwives, recognising and valuing your expertise, skills, contributions and experience.

To find out more about this network and how to join along or other networks supported by the CNO Policy and System Transformation team please contact us at

Calling all commissioning nurse leaders

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic nurses have played, and continue to play, a critical role in our response; using their experience, skills and leadership to drive forwards transformational change where it is needed most. Moving forwards it is vital that nurses are able to speak with confidence, influencing decisions that impact them, the communities they serve and the profession more widely. By recognising the value our contribution brings nurses can continue to be inspiring role models and leaders during these most challenging and uncertain of times.

The Chief Nursing Officer for England’s National Commissioning Nurse Leaders Network (CNLN) is an established professional network for all registered nurses working within a commissioning setting or provider professional leadership across NHS commissioning functions. The network provides both an opportunity for NHS England and NHS Improvement to engage with and ensure the professional voice of these individuals are heard, valued and listened to in all decision-making conversations as well as offering an opportunity for professional and personal development.

The CNLN supports the CNO’s vision of leadership at all levels; with strong, visible nursing leadership across healthcare systems and offers a key network to support our ongoing work during the pandemic and beyond. The network aims to ensure the voice of commissioners is central to influencing and leading a new healthcare model for the 21st century.

Hosted by the NHS England national System Transformation team, the CNLN also supports strong professional engagement in policy making with an ongoing commitment to supporting the nursing contribution to policy development.

To register your interest to join the network or to find out more about more please email

CNO national shared professional decision-making (SPDM) councils

On behalf of Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, the Policy, Research and System Transformation team have been developing and supporting the establishment of a number of national shared professional decision-making councils. These councils bring together point of care nurses and midwives to discuss topics important to them, their colleagues and communities in order to inform policy and practice.

To find out more about the councils, their discussions and practice recommended for sharing please see: our Shared professional decision-making: putting collective leadership into practice.

We would also welcome new applications to join a council and are proactively seeking those point of care nursing and midwifery colleagues who work across the breadth of health and care settings as well as from individuals within traditional underrepresented groups such as colleagues from BAME communities.

To apply to join a council please complete the expression of interest form and send to

The Queens Nursing Institutes Community of Practice for nurses working in the community who are supporting individuals – and their families and carers – who are suffering from symptoms of long COVID

Nurses in a variety of roles in the community were brought together by the QNI last year to support the development of the resource for nurses working on Community and primary care: ‘Living with COVID-19 (Long COVID) and Beyond’. Contributors included senior nurses leading and delivering care in a variety of services including occupational health nursing, general practice nursing, district nursing, care home nursing and school nursing.

The Community of Practice for Long COVID is developing from this core reference group, and at the centre will be the voice of those with lived experiences of long COVID who are receiving care from nurses in the community. The group will continue to update the resource as new research evidence emerges, with the opportunity to meet, share and learn each quarter. If you are interested in joining and contributing to the learning, please contact Jonathan Adams, QNI Administrator:

Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Nursing and Midwifery Long COVID Network

This network offers a space where professionals working through the impacts of post COVID syndrome, also called long COVID, can have a voice, a voice that will be heard.

The underpinning aims of the network are to support the voice of nursing and midwifery colleagues, to discuss areas of practice important to us, our colleagues and those we serve and to act as an advisory group for NHS England and NHS Improvement ensuring the sharing of best practice and learning as it emerges. Key areas of discussion will include education and training opportunities, tools and resources to support practitioners, and how emerging long COVID research and evidence bases can support us in designing and delivering high quality services.

The voice and perspectives of nurses and midwives have been recognised as crucial to the commissioning, modelling and delivery of holistic health offers for those within ongoing symptoms or pathology. To support this, this network brings together nurses and midwives from across England including those working patients with long COVID, colleagues with long COVID and those with a specialist interest in this new condition.

To find out more about the network please email: or to register an interest to join please complete this form.

FutureNHS PNA collaboration platform

If you would like to join a network, engage with fellow PNAs, receive national updates and have access to a variety of resources, please join the professional nurse advocate workspace.