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2. North East & North Cumbria

SCNAC CHAIR
Anthony Birmingham

RNLD – Registered Manager – Positive Individual Proactive Support (PIPS)

Anthony began his journey in social care in 2011 as a support worker. With the goal of developing support and services for people with learning disabilities, Anthony went on to complete his nursing degree in Learning Disabilities.

Anthony moved over to PIPS to be part of developing bespoke community social care services for people with learning disabilities, autism and behaviours that can challenge.

Anthony has undertaken additional development around Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and is an active member within the region around developing and delivering PBS within services. Working closely with health and social care commissioners, local nursing teams, regional PBS workforce development managers and other local social care providers, Anthony looks to share good practice and improve services.

Undertaking the role of chair of the Social Care Nurse Advice Council within the North East and North Cumbria is an exciting challenge and Anthony is looking forward to helping to co-ordinate the great work nurses and wider social care do to benefit the wider regional work alongside the ICB.

SCNAC CO-CHAIR
Dr Claire Anne Pryor

PhD, MSc Advancing clinical practice, PGc Advanced practice (clinical), TCH, V300 RN Adult, FHEA – Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Claire Pryor is an Assistant Professor in adult nursing, working with allied health professions and nursing students at Northumbria University. Claire’s specialist interest in the care of older people started as a volunteer cadet in St John Ambulance, before undertaking her nursing degree in adult nursing.

During her studies, Claire worked as a nursing assistant in a local care home for older people spanning residential, nursing, and specialist dementia care provision.

Upon qualification, Claire commenced her clinical career working as a staff nurse in a medical assessment unit, before moving to critical care. Taking a junior sister position in community intermediate care sparked an interest in the wider health and social care context for Claire, working with a wide variety of professions, organisations, and carers to support people to remain living well in their own homes or places of residence. This work centered on comprehensive clinical assessments and partnership working to ensure safe care at home or to plan the appropriate transfer of care to or from other health or social care settings.

Following this, Claire worked as a specialist older persons nurse/advanced nurse practitioner in a mental health inpatient setting providing support for mental health nurses and psychiatrists in relation to the physical health and wellbeing of their service users.

Working in mental health services sparked an interest in delirium superimposed on dementia and the complexity around the conditions, care provision and understanding of the condition.

Moving to the University in 2016, Claire maintained close clinical contacts, working as a bank nurse, and bringing her practical and clinical knowledge base into nurse and allied health professional education. Latterly, Claire returned to St John Ambulance and the NHS to work as a vaccinator in the Nightingale hospital and community. Claire’s educational practice centres on specialist nursing care for the older person including frailty, including the anatomy and physiology of ageing, delirium, and non-medical prescribing. Claire works closely with key stakeholders to ensure partnerships are maintained with clinical practice, the needs and wishes of the workforce, and strategic future planning of curricula. This work is cross-cutting, including health and social care services, and for all levels of clinicians and workforce. Current workforce developments include the Enhances Care of Older People competency framework and devising a new Adult Social Care Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ)

Specialist editor and adviser: The National Non-Medical Prescribing Bulletin. @nationalNMP https://esneft.libguides.com/gethelpwith/currentawareness

Chair: Health Education England, Northeast and North Yorkshire Higher Education Institution Non-Medical Prescribing Subgroup

Co-Chair: Northeast and North Cumbria Social Care Nurse Advisory Council

Subject Lead: Non-Medical Prescribing

Pathway lead: Developing SPQ Adult Social Care

Florence Nightingale Foundation Research & Leadership Scholar

Assistant Professor: Adult Nursing

CHIEF NURSE
David Purdue

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