Mrs Frances Cannon - Senior Professional Officer

Frances Cannon is the Senior Professional Officer (Education) at the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC).

Frances is a Registered Mental Health and General Nurse working within a senior regional nursing role in Northern Ireland.

Frances began her career in 1981 as a general nurse moving in to mental health nursing in 1986. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical areas, both as a staff nurse and as a manager. In 1999 she was appointed as a mental health liaison nurse specialist, working into acute hospital setting- the first post of its kind in Northern Ireland. In 2002 she moved into the field of post registration nurse education where she worked for ten years as a Nurse Education Consultant.  During this time she has led and delivered on a wide range of education programmes including regional educational initiatives.

In 2005 she worked with a specialist forensic multidisciplinary team as the educational lead to facilitate the opening of the first regional medium secure unit in Northern Ireland.  In 2010 she worked as a Senior Nurse Education Consultant providing educational leadership to support the modernisation and reform agenda within the prison setting. She played a pivotal role and was instrumental to the opening of a unit within the prison specifically aimed at supporting vulnerable prisoners.

In 2012 she joined the Northern Ireland Practice Education Council (NIPEC). Her current role has a specific remit to support high standards of education, learning and development, for nurses and midwives across the province. She has lead on and influenced significant regional projects that support the delivery of safe and effective care in Northern Ireland.

NIPEC has recently completed a number of projects which have elements related to innovation in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) systems. Examples of this work include: a regional e-nursing assessment and plan of care format, innovative technological solutions for community nursing and midwifery staff to support enhanced working arrangements in a context of changing care delivery, support of nurses and midwives to adapt to care delivery through tele-health solutions.

The strategic role she occupies will enable her to share any learning and development gained through this opportunity to a wide range of individuals within Northern Ireland and also to impact directly on projects within the organisation I work for, which influences practice, education and professional development for nurses and midwives regionally. Specifically my remit within education has the potential to ensure that any learning is embedded within pre and post registration curricula through sharing of ideas and contacts with key individuals across a wide range of organisations in the region.