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Nurse burnout: the course helping staff to be advocates for self-care among colleagues

Course aims to meet nurses’ emotional needs using clinical supervision model

Programme uses a model of restorative clinical supervision already proven to boost midwives’ well-being and patient outcomes

NHS England and NHS Improvement launched the professional nurse advocate (PNA) programme in March, towards the end of the third wave of COVID-19.

This model of clinical supervision, which has its origins in midwifery, is the first of its kind for nursing – not just in England but globally.

The course is based on the A-EQUIP (advocating for education and quality improvement) model, which has been used in midwifery since 2017 when the supervision and regulation of midwives were separated.


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