Written by Megan Leahy and Gemma Bird, 11/04/2023 

Benefits of the PNA role 

The Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) role aims to support Nurses both professionally and personally. The role helps develop and enhance the quality-of-care patients received, by supporting staff retention via ‘career conversations’ promoting and sign posting to opportunities to enhance professional development, support for internal appraisal preparation and revalidation via the NMC. 
PNAs also offer restorative clinical supervision sessions which support with staff wellbeing and retention by giving them a safe space to reflect on practice and personal and professional behaviours, while building resilience to minimise staff burnout. This is achieved following the normative, formative, restorative supervision and providing a personal action plan for quality improvement, as supported by NHS England. 
Continuous personal monitoring and evaluation, as well as clinical supervision and education and development through quality improvement are the core aspects of the PNA role and are fundamental within nursing as per the NMC code (NMC, 2018). The PNA has been effective in providing a framework for facilitating reflective discussions which has resulted in some real positive changes within working environments. Clinical supervisions can provide support, increase confidence, and develop clinical knowledge whilst maintaining good mental health which has been shown to decrease stress levels by 62% in turn leading to fewer staff illnesses and ensure staff retention. Nurses are essential within healthcare and enabling nurses the opportunity to reflect and grow within clinical time is crucial for developmental reasons and improved well-being, in turn leading to higher job satisfaction, staff retention and improved services for your own workplace. 
We can offer your staff free access to the above services with support from our Professional Nurse Advocate Lead for Primary Care.  
If you would like further information or to book in one-to-one or group sessions, please contact us at alliance.hub1@nhs.net. 

How can a PNA help you? 

Facilitate restorative clinical supervision 
Provide effective leadership 
Support staff to advance skills through education 
Actively Listen and support colleagues 
Develop trusting relationship to help advocate for others 
Offer professional compassion and support 
Understand the challenges and demands of staff 
Support staff to undertake quality improvement 

Restorative Clinical Supervision 

A safe space 
Group or 1-2-1 sessions 
Provide check ins 
Discuss themes and issues 
Create an action plan 
Open and honest confidential conversations 
Time to reflect 
Build resilience 

Staff wellbeing 

Monitoring, evaluation and quality control 
Clinical supervision 
Personal action for quality improvement 
Education and development 

A-Equip Model 

Advocating for education and quality improvement 

Benefits to staff 

Increased physical well-being 
Improve working relationships 
Feel valued as a team member 
Improve job satisfaction 
Reduce the rate of burnout 
Improved Emotional well-being 
Increased team working 
Improves staff retention 
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