Meet the team

ANP committee

ANP forum at Congress 2013. Left to right- Wendy Fairhurst (chair), Vicky Williams, Mary Hutchinson, Julie Hall and Noeleen Fearon


Steering committee members


Wendy Fairhurst

I work as a Nurse Partner in a general practice in Wigan, and also as a director and clinical lead for a social enterprise called Health First ALW Community Interest Company. This organisation delivers, amongst other things, a breathlessness service  and cardiovascular disease health checks on behalf of the NHS in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.

In general practice (GP) I bridge the gap between nursing and medical colleagues, as I am on the GPs rota and seeing people presenting with acute conditions as well as patients with complex long-term conditions.

My work with the social enterprise company has been very exciting and we are proud to have built up an effective and happy nursing team which is making a real difference to the local population.

Prior to this I worked at University of Manchester as a lecturer, practitioner and  programme director for the MSc Clinical Nursing and practice nurse lead, and at the University of Wolverhampton as a external examiner for non-medical prescribing.

I am passionate about the importance of advanced nursing practice, both for the benefits to patients and our profession. I maintain the belief that regulation of advanced practice is crucial.

Julie Hall

I have been a qualified nurse for over 30 years and an ANP in general practice for 14 years.  I am a clinician, every surgery, every day, consulting with patients with undifferentiated presentations and managing long-term conditions particularly diabetes.  I also hold a small housebound caseload, an initiative aimed at improving access for patients who are unable to attend the practice.

I am a nurse prescriber, I have successfully completed an MMedSci in Primary and Community Care, MA in Advancing Nursing Practice and am currently in the writing-up phase of my doctoral journey. The focus of my project is to understand the value added by the advanced nursing role to general practice from the perspective of nurses working in those roles.

I have been hugely disappointed by the failure of the NMC to develop a regulatory framework for the advanced role. And now as we face the challenge of new clinicians entering the workplace I hope that we can find some way of benchmarking our role which will be recognised on the national stage.

Mary Hutchinson RGN, BSc(Hons), MSc, FFEN

My pathway to advanced nursing practice has involved work in community hospital Casualty/Minor Injury Units, a major urban Accident & Emergency Department in which I also co-ordinated the development of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner role, working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a GP surgery, and latterly in nurse-led Urgent Care Centres. I deliver some ‘Out of Hours’ clinical sessions, and have recently taken up the role of Senior Lecturer on the Advanced Practice programme at Birmingham City University. I am a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Emergency Nursing.  

Sue Shortland 

As a newly appointed committee member I am delighted to be able to contribute to the work of the ANP Forum. I work at Birmingham City University delivering the MSc Advanced Practice programme and the Non-Medical Prescribing course.

Supporting talented and experienced nurses to grow in confidence and overcome hurdles to develop as advanced practitioners is a privilege. I see firsthand the excellent work they do by improving services and patient outcomes. We now need to ensure the work of ANPs across the country is acknowledged and valued. Measuring patient outcomes and raising the profile is important but also ensuring standards, competence and patient safety in the current debate around regulation is vital.

My clinical background as an ANP is in general practice and I worked in primary care for more than 15 years before moving to Birmingham City University. I still work in a local GP surgery as an ANP to maintain clinical practice. General practice is facing enormous changes over the next few years but these should be seized as opportunities for advanced practice. We need to work with our GP colleagues through these challenging times.

Geoff Brennan

I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse and also hold an old qualification as a “registered nurse for the mentally handicapped (RNMH)”. I am very pleased to have both.  I presently work as a Nurse Tutor in Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry.

To be brief, over the years I have worked in a variety of clinical, managerial and academic posts, mainly in London and the south east of England. I have worked primarily in the NHS, but also spent four years working with GP practices as a primary care mental health worker. I have practiced and taught psychosocial interventions for psychosis since the early 1990's, and have a real interest in collaborative working with people in florid states of psychosis. This is an under-researched area and I have been lucky to work on several projects attempting to rectify this.

I have undertaken some very interesting work in all this, including a benchmark of all London Inpatient Services for the old London Development Centre, assisted research on conflict and containment, ran and researched family work and support groups for carers, assisted independent investigations after homicides and become a trustee for the Star Wards charity for mental health.

I have also published articles and research papers on acute mental health and co-edited a major text book for psychiatric nurses with Catherine Gamble.  I was chair of the standing nursing conference mental health group for London for five years and for two years I was the national chair of the Consultant Nurse Association for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

I have always felt proud of the advances made by mental health and learning disability nurses and want to take this into the Advanced Nurse Practitioner forum. I am very much hoping that mental health and learning disabilities members see me as a welcome representative on the forum and use me as a conduit to add our experience and expertise to the forums excellent work