DoH Chief Nursing Officer

Part of: DoH management and structure

Northern Ireland's Chief Nursing Officer Charlotte McArdle, as Chief Nursing Officer leads the nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals contribution to the development and implementation of health and social care policy in Northern Ireland.

Her team of professional nurses provide advice on acute and children's services, mental health, elderly care, learning and physical disabilities, public health, community nursing, primary care, midwifery, and international issues in nursing.

They also advise on the regulations of professions, education policy, workforce planning and development.

Message from the CNO

Since January of this year Northern Ireland has worked hard to prepare for the anticipated implementation of NMC Revalidation for all nurse and midwives from April 2016.

The WHSCT pilot site has been a fantastic success with 123 registrant’s participating and NI has benefited enormously from the local pilot site as they have shared their learning throughout the process.

A number of other initiatives have been progressed since the beginning of the year via the NI Revalidation Programme Board and Working group including:

  • development of a robust revalidation engagement and communication plan
  • delivery of revalidation information sessions/road shows to over 2300 registrants by NIPEC
  • the preparation of a revalidation by NIPEC the road show which to date has had over 2200 views.
  • development of Appraisal Guidance for use by all organisations to support registrants to use the Appraisal process to meet the requirements of revalidation
  • exploration of the use of the HRPTS to help identify registrants renewal dates
  • NIPEC revalidation

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer

Caroline Lee

The main responsibilities of the post relate to the professional policy advice for regulation, workforce requirements, workforce planning and education of nurses and midwives.

This post holds lead responsibility for development of N&M Strategy within Northern Ireland.

Nursing Officers

Mary Frances McManus

Areas of responsibility

Commissioning; Public health and Community nursing; Primary and community care; Safeguarding; Child Health; Nurse prescribing.

Policy Development

Professional lead for developing and supporting broader policy in relation to: Professional lead for developing and supporting broader policy in relation to:

  • Public Health, nursing and midwifery
  • Child health Services including broader integrated services associated with children and young people and their families and specifically in relation to:
  • Healthy child, Healthy Future (the Child Health Promotion Programme for Northern Ireland)
  • Healthy Futures (Health Visiting and School Nursing)
  • Family Nurse Partnership Programme in Northern Ireland
  • Safeguarding children and child protection including the needs of 'Looked After Children'
  • District Nursing
  • Non Medical Prescribing
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Communicable disease

Departmental Groups

Vaccination and Immunisation Policy Group
Regional Sexual and Domestic Violence Advisory Group
Children and Young Peoples Service Framework
National Screening Policy Group

Mental Health, Phyiscal and Learning Disability and Older People. Post Vacant

Areas of responsibility

Providing advice on all matters relating to mental health and learning disability nursing; professional input into the development, monitoring and review of policy with regards to mental health and learning disability; promoting the mental health and learning disability agenda in relation to policy, practice and education and liaising closely with colleagues in developing mental health and learning disability services.

Policy Development/Review

  • Bamford Action Plan
  • Mental Health and Capacity Legislation Steering group
  • DHSSPS Professional Framework for Mental Health Nursing
  • Service Frameworks for Mental Health and Learning Disability
  • UK Collaborative for Learning Disability Nursing

Departmental Groups

  • Mental Health and Learning Disability Fora
  • Membership - Representatives from Trusts, HSC Board and Educational Providers and Independent/Voluntary Sector
  • Multi-agency Steering Group: People with Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties in Prison
  • Think Child Think Family Project Board

Heather Finlay

Areas of responsibility

Professional Regulation, Education, Workforce Planning and Development, Research and Development Activities.

Policy Development/Review

  • Nursing Workforce Review
  • International Recruitment
  • Education Commissioning Groups
  • Agenda for Change.

Departmental Groups

  • Professional Secretary to the Education Strategy Group and R&D Group (both Sub-groups of the Central Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee)
  • DHSSPS Workforce Development Unit International Recruitment Group.
  • DHSSPS Central Workforce Planners Group
  • DHSSPS Nursing Workforce Advisors Group
  • DHSSPS Education Commissioning Groups
  • DHSSPS Agreement Monitoring Group – commissioned education programmes
  • Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council

Verena Wallace

Areas of responsibility

Providing advice on all matters relating to midwifery services; professional input into the development, monitoring and review of policy with regards to midwifery services; promoting the midwifery aganda in relation to policy, practice and education and liaising closely with colleagues in developing midwifery services.

Providing advice on all matters relating to children's services; professional input into the development, monitoring and review of policy with regards to children's services; promoting the agenda for children across Northern Ireland in relation to policy, practice and education and liaising closely with colleagues in developing children's services.

Policy Development/Review

  • Developing Better Services - stand alone midwifery units
  • Direct entry midwifery
  • Neonatal/Paediatric intra-hospital transfer
  • Maternity Review
  • Childrens Palliative Care Strategy
  • Children and Young Peoples Service Framework

Departmental Groups

  • Strategic Midwifery Forum
  • Children's Nursing Managers' Forum

Caroline Lee

Health Facility Planning / Principal Nurse Health Estates

Areas of Responsibility

Provision of Health Facility Planning / Nursing advice on all major Capital schemes in Northern Ireland, Business Case Analysis, Decontamination, HCAI in relation to the Estate, Clinical Waste Management, Management of Medical Devices, Monitoring and Investigation of Adverse Incidents reported to NIAIC, Emergency Planning and Chair GAIN Medical Devices Committee.

Policy Development/Review

  • Capital and Health Facility Planning
  • Business Cases
  • Clinical Waste
  • Decontamination HCAI in relation to the Estate and Environment
  • Laundry
  • NIAIC
  • Patient Safety in relation to Medical Devices

Nursing Advisors

Sandra Aitcheson and Jemima Keyes

Health Facility Planners (Health Estates)

Areas of Responsibility

Provision of nurse planning advice on all major capital/PFI schemes in Northern Ireland, decontamination, clinical waste management, management of medical devices, monitoring and investigation of adverse incidents reported to NIAIC, and Emergency planning

Policy Development/Review

Capital Planning, Clinical waste management, Decontamination issues, Environmental Cleanliness in Hospitals, NIAIC review.

Nursing, Midwifery & AHPs Advisor (Human Resources Directorate)

Shima Choudhury
Business and Contracts Manager - Post Registration Education Commissioning for Nursing, Midwifery & AHPs

Areas of Responsibility

Co-ordination , operationalisation and monitoring of commissioning arrangements for post registration nurse, midwifery and allied health professions education for the DHSSPS including budget management.

Policy Development/review

Quality assurance of post-registration education programmes commissioned by the DHSSPS in conjunction with Nursing Officers.

Departmental Working Groups

DHSSPS Education Commissioning Group
DHSSPS Education Strategy Group
DHSSPS Agreement Monitoring Group

Nursing Latest news

The NMC have today released a statement about the professionalism work following the launch at FNF conference last week.

 

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