NOA launches Heads of Nursing Network

On 5th March 2024, The National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) hosted a successful kick-off meeting for its newly established NOA Heads of Nursing (HON) Network. Initiated  by Jennifer Pearson, Head of Nursing Division 2 at NOA founder member organisation, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, the launch meeting brought together 14 nursing colleagues from NOA member organisations across the country.

Jennifer, an advocate for nursing excellence brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the NOA HON network, serving not only as a Head of Nursing but also as a lead Professional Nurse Advocate and a champion of restorative clinical supervision. She is also involved in ongoing work on a digital quality initiative focused on reducing theatre cancellations on the day. Beyond her local responsibilities, Jennifer’s influence extends regionally and nationally. In October 2023 she was named in the list of top 50 most influential health care leaders in the HSJ bubbling under category of EDI leaders.

The launch meeting served as an opportunity for orthopaedic nursing leaders to connect, collaborate, and chart the course for the newly established HON network. Discussions centred on identifying initial areas of focus for the group, recognising the role each NOA member organisation will play in making the network a success.  Attendees engaged in discussions, covering workforce challenges and benchmarking, staff retention, on-day cancellations, international nurses, and more.

Reflecting on the success of the launch meeting, Jennifer expressed her gratitude to all who attended, stating, “Thank you to all who joined. This feels like it will be a great space to share, collaborate, learn, listen, benchmark, and check-in.”

Alice Fabre, NOA’s Interim Programme Director echoed Jennifer’s sentiments, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing common challenges and driving positive change within the orthopaedic nursing community. She said, “With the NOA’s facilitation, Jennifer’s leadership, and active engagement from colleagues across NOA’s membership, the network is poised to make a positive difference in orthopaedic nursing.”

Looking ahead, plans are underway to schedule regular meetings and identify collaborative projects. As Jennifer aptly summarised, “This is just the beginning of an exciting journey, and I’m happy to be embarking on it with such a dedicated group of professionals.”