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Gill Coverdale

Gill Coverdale

Professional Lead for Education Standards and Professional Development,
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Gill has two roles for the Royal College of Nursing; she is UK Professional Lead for Education (Standards and Professional Development) and Professional Lead for Learning and Development for the Yorkshire and Humber region. She is highly passionate about nursing and the delivery of good quality patient centred care.  She is also determined that nurse education and CPD is recognised and vital to safe and effective care. Gill has a background in community and primary care nursing and started her academic career in 2000 delivering programmes in community and public health nursing with both pre and post registration nurses. She has experienced working for the UK regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Education Advisor. Gill has also worked with the the four UK governments and with international governments in Kuwait and Albania to develop health care professional and education standards. She has spoken widely at national and international conferences and was in Hong Kong recently for the second time to advise the HK government on leadership and mentorship of Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners. Her role at the RCN is to work with stakeholders to direct the development of professional education standards for nursing that reflect the changing requirements of healthcare provision; and lead and manage the RCN’s framework for professional education, training and career development. This requires taking account of the four country political, policy and regulatory context.

  • Outlining the current landscape of nursing apprenticeships in the aftermath of the House of Commons Education Committee’s ‘Nursing Degree Apprenticeships: In Poor Health’ Report
  • Exploring the RCN’s vision for apprenticeships in England as outlined in the ‘Nursing Apprenticeships 2019’ report, including addressing pay rates for nursing apprentices and opportunities for the apprenticeships levy to be used for nurses
  • Sharing best practice examples of health and educational organisations providing high-quality learning schemes for apprenticeship nurses, as outlined in the ‘Helping Students Get the Best from Their Practice Placements’ report
  • Examining the future of nursing/nursing associate degree apprenticeships, including the need for a new workforce strategy and investment to ensure a sustainable route into the profession