Since beginning nurse training in 1985, Angela has held a variety of clinical posts, including Ward Sister of an inpatient surgical ward in the United Hospitals Trust, until January 2007. Appointed initially to a seconded Professional Officer role in January 2007, Angela has worked within the NIPEC team as a Senior Professional Officer since June 2007.
During this time she has led on a number of regional initiatives and projects, including: the Regional Implementation Project for the Chief Nursing Officer’s Standards for Supervision in Nursing, the Respiratory Health and Well-being Service Framework Learning and Development Strategy for Asthma and COPD Care (nursing), the Patient/Client Experience Standards, Gateway to Nursing Project, Infection Prevention and Control Nursing Workforce Review, Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing Ranges in Northern Ireland, Recording Care: Evidencing Safe and Effective Care, the Enabling Professionalism national project and the delegation framework for northern Ireland for nursing and midwifery tasks and duties.
Angela also supports a number of Forums within NIPEC including the Infection Prevention and Control Lead Nurses Forum and the Endoscopy Lead Nurses Forum.
She has continued to study a number of diverse subjects over the years such as a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies, a Master’s degree in Medical Law and the Regional Leadership Development Programme for Service Improvement. Angela is a member of the Health Informatics Society Ireland, Nursing and Midwifery (HISINM).
Angela was awarded the Florence Nightingale Foundation Garfield Weston national leadership scholarship (UK wide) in 2017 which supports and funds personal and career leadership development through a chosen area of practice improvement. She is using this exciting opportunity to study ‘nurse leadership digital capabilities’ to enable nurse leaders (and midwives) to influence and contribute to an imminent substantial digital change agenda for Northern Ireland.
In March 2017, Angela was elected Chair of a five country nursing and midwifery leadership eHealth group comprising senior professional digital leadership from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The aim of this group is to support nursing and midwifery practice by promoting the safe use of digital health and social care technologies across the five countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland.