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Meet the Team

ANP Committee Members

Ollie Phipps

Forum Chair

Ollie is a Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice and the Programme Director for Non-Medical Prescribing at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is also an Acute Care Nurse Consultant at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust and an International Fellow and Scholar of England Centre for Practice Development.

As well as RCN Forum Chair, Ollie is part of the RCN's Credentialing Steering Group. He is a member of the National Advanced Clinical Practitioner steering group for Health Education England and NHS Improvement. Ollie is co-chair of the Royal College of Physicians (London) ACP working group and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) ACP reference group. He is currently exploring the role of advanced practice for his PhD, which is titled “Advanced Practice: Substitution or Value Added?”

Ollie is an international keynote speaker regarding the subject of advanced practice, advanced practice governance, credentialing and workforce development.  He is passionate about advanced practice development and the supporting governance required. He is an expert advisor for the National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) and the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). He is also part of NHS England’s Transformation Care programme advising on general medicine.

Karen Kindness

Nurse Consultant - Advanced Practice, NHS Grampian, Scotland.

Registered Nurse Teacher, Associate Lecturer, Robert Gordon University.

Karen also works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner within the Cardiothoracic Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

As Nurse Consultant, she leads on planning and delivery of all ANP education, training and development for both trainees and qualified staff within the board, and is a module team member for delivery of clinical assessment skills and decision making at the Robert Gordon University.

Karen has worked in a variety of specialties both in Scotland and South Africa. Her main area of expertise is critical care and cardiothoracic surgery, but she has worked extensively within both acute and general medicine as well. 

She is committed to developing robust advanced practice roles, linking with Higher Education Institutions and health board colleagues across North Region as a member of the North of Scotland Advanced Practice Academy. A key focus is to enable robust development pathways for remote and rural ANP roles, and she has undertaken lone practitioner Island locum work to better understand and support this.

Karen’s thesis was on infection prevention strategies in the intensive care setting and she has subsequently undertaken and presented work on ANP role development and post-operative delirium at Scottish, UK, and South African conferences.

Mary Hutchinson

Mary Hutchinson

Mary's pathway to advanced nursing practice has involved work in community hospital Casualty/Minor Injury Units, a major urban Accident & Emergency Department in which she 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. Mary delivered 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. Mary is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Emergency Nursing.


Professional Lead:  Wendy Preston

Jacqueline Thompson

Jacqueline Thompson

Nurse Consultant, Older people, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Tayside 

Jacqueline’s nursing career began in Critical Care in the mid 90’s in East Yorkshire.  She relocated to Manchester in 1998, completed her Post-graduate certificate in education and swiftly following this commenced the MSc in Clinical Nursing at Manchester University in 2000.  In 2002 she became the first nurse clinician in cardiothoracic surgery in a large inner city teaching hospital in Manchester. She embarked on the first supplementary and independent non-medical prescribing course in 2003. This gave rise to her being a champion for non-medical prescribing and driving forward the number of active non-medical prescribers within the organisation.  Keen to broaden her clinical horizons she then moved within the same hospital to become the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in acute medicine, care of the elderly in 2006. Her current role as a Nurse Consultant is in Dundee, in the North East of Scotland. Her clinical caseload is same day home visits as part of the Tayside enhanced community support model for the frail, elderly.  This role is part of the Scottish Governments 2020 vision that ‘Everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting’. Jacqueline has presented at both National and International conferences and has published on the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in acute medicine.  Her interest and expertise areas include transformational change to improve services for older people, advanced nursing practice and end of life care.

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