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Connecting with nurses & midwives

A team of National Clinical Leads across a variety of specialties have been appointed to lead on the planning and preparation for the successful implementation of the national services and applications. They communicate between the NHS Connecting for Health and the NHS in both directions and have a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and influence of and into the NHS national IT infrastructure.

Director of nursing and national clinical leads for nursing

Dr Susan Hamer – National Director of Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions

Susan graduated in nursing in 1980 working as a district nurse in London before moving to the University of Hull as a lecturer. Since then she has held a variety of academic and practice based posts and in 2004, became Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds.  Currently, Susan is seconded from the University of Leeds where she is now Director of Organisational and Workforce Development at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.

Susan has published widely, and is the co author of two books: Achieving Evidence Based Practice and Leadership and Management: A 3 dimensional Approach. She is also co editor of Practice Development in Health Care, a journal which aims to promote scholarly debate in the field of Practice Development. She has been involved in the establishment of over 150 practice development units and continues to be an active coach and mentor. Her doctoral studies were in the field of post compulsory education. She is a fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute.

Susan is passionate about the possibilities for technology to enhanced practice and to support innovation in the development of patient led services. As a member of the Clinical team Susan is keen to ensure that new and effective models of professional practice are shared rapidly across the health system.

See what Susan has to say about the information strategy, The power of information, and what it means for nurses.

Anne Cooper - National Clinical Lead for Nursing

Anne Cooper

Anne started her career in nursing, working in cardiology and chest medicine where she was a ward sister before moving into general management, focusing on complaints management and developing approaches to deal with feedback from patients.

Later, at NHS Direct, Anne worked as part of a team setting up the service in West Yorkshire before specialising in IT system development in a national role at NHS Direct. During her time, Anne developed an IT skills competency framework for nursing.

This was followed by a role as regional programme manager to support local healthcare providers to develop diabetes services in line with the National Service Framework requirements for care.

Anne has been involved in informatics since her time at NHS Direct.  As a result, she accepted a post working with the Summary Care Record programme team, providing clinical advice, design input and clinical leadership.

Other areas of interest include, information governance and in particular, ensuring that patient confidentiality is protected throughout the introduction and long term use of technology to improve clinical care. 

Anne currently holds the post of national clinical lead for nursing, providing clinical leadership in the development of informatics policy and works across the health and education sectors to build relationships with strategic partners.

See what Anne has to say about using social media in a professional capacity as a nurse.

Victoria Hughes, NCL for Nursing

Vicky Hughes

Victoria joined the nursing team in April 2012 she is currently seconded on a part time basis and works within the Clinical Division Department of Health Informatics Division – NHS Connecting for Health.

Victoria started her career in nursing in 1987 and has worked in NHS secondary, primary and community care settings. She has also worked with private sector. Victoria's main areas of interest are in the fields of respiratory and female health nursing.

Having trained at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Victoria moved to Oxford working at the Oxford Radcliffe hospital for 5 years prior to moving into primary care as a practice nurse. After 2 years she left the NHS to join a contract pharmaceutical organisation as senior nurse advisor, performing clinical audits in the fields of Osteoporosis, CHD and COPD.

Victoria joined NHS Direct as Nurse Manager where her interested in informatics and passion for how technology could assist with patient care grew. After 2 years she was approached and moved back into private sector as a nurse manager covering half of the UK and supporting a team of nurse advisors.

Victoria moved back into the NHS in 2003 working in Northampton within the clinical informatics field. In 2006 she opened an indoor play area for children, maintaining clinical practice and registration with bank work. In 2007 she was asked to work part-time on temporary basis for East Midlands Strategic Authority looking at clinical engagement in the field of informatics and development of clinical systems. The post was made permanent and she was successful in securing the role. She gave up the play area and continues to work it that role for 3 days per week.

Other areas of interest include clinical governance, nursing leadership and clinical safety (broadly and in relation to information technology). She is keen to ensure information is shared and improve understanding of how technology can help improve clinical and patient care.

Informatics skills assessment for clinical professionals

Use this self assessment framework (PDF, 471Kb) to guide you on how to use information and technology in your practice and to support you in developing competence in these areas. Key symbols have been identified in areas of practice where the use of information and technology are particularly important.

Top information links for nurses

National Clinical Leads

A team of National Clinical Leads across a variety of specialties have been appointed to lead on the planning and preparation for the successful implementation of national systems and services.

They communicate between the Programme and the NHS in both directions and have a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and influence of and into programmes.

We welcome your views

How ready is your organisation to implement these technologies locally and get maximum benefit from them for your patients and staff? What barriers are in your way, and how can we help you overcome them? Susan Hamer welcome your views and opinions. Contact her at nurselead@nhs.net.