Finnish Nurses Association (FNA) delegation visit
Nov 27, 2018
A group of 25 registered nurses from the Finnish Nurses Association (FNA) visited Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT) last Thursday to hear from our programme lead for the Advanced Clinical Practice Programme Annabella Gloster in the School of Health and Society. The group, who came from all across Finland, are nurses in a variety of specialisms.
The event was part of a wider study visit to the UK organised by Anna Suutarla, head of international affairs for the Finnish Nurses Association in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Nurse Network (ICN NP/APNN). The delegates had come to the UK specifically to learn about our Advanced Practice programmes, the role of an Advanced Practitioner (AP)/ Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP), and nursing in the UK. They spent a couple of days initially at Huddersfield University, where they met with Chair of the ICN NP/APNN Dr Melanie Rogers, prior to heading to Manchester.
On Thursday, the group took part in a morning seminar session hosted by Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT). Annabella led the seminar, detailing the ACP programme we have on offer at the University and how our two years masters programme works. The MSc is a work-based masters programme over two years part-time, 45 weeks per year, and is aligned to the University Industry Collaboration Zone (ICZ) strategy. The visit to MFT also included presentations from current and past ACP students who shared their experiences during training and the work they are doing now. This included a visit to some clinical areas in which they work.
Annabella, who is a committee member of the ICN NP/APNN sub-group for practice, and deputy chair of the Association of Advanced Practice Educators UK (AAPE UK) said:
“The feedback for the overall trip was incredibly positive. The group really appreciated having an overview of the profession in the UK and hearing from actual practitioners both trained and in training. It was a fantastic experience for them to listen to our alumni, who shared their experience and current practice, and to hear about the impact ACPs are making for patients and within their organisations.
The role of the ACP has been established in the north west for approximately 15 years now, with over 60 employed in Manchester Foundation Trust. Advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) enhance capacity and capability within multi-professional teams by supporting existing and more established roles. They help to improve clinical continuity, provide more patient-focused care, enhance the multi-professional team and help to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients. During the seminar, the ACPs explained how the role had enabled them to retain their clinical expertise, whilst advancing their nursing level of practice.
After the seminar and clinical tour, the group continued to London and met with Katrina Maclaine, associate professor Advanced Clinical Practice, London South Bank University, chair AAPE UK and registered clinical nurse representatives to discuss how the ACP role has developed in the UK as well as education, policy and regulation issues.