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Meet the Committee

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Sam Sherrington
Chair

Responsibility for implementing Compassion in Practice, including the Francis recommendations for nursing. For eight years, Sam worked for the Northwest Strategic Health Authority, leading the delivery of the Department of Health Non-Medical Prescribing Programme across the region, nationally and internationally. She has also served as a Board Nurse for both Trafford and Bolton Clinical Commissioning Groups. Sam is a Registered Nurse, qualified Specialist Practitioner in the home, District Nursing and Nurse Prescriber. She has also held the position of Cancer Lead at Bolton Primary Care Trust and obtained an MSc Nursing (Cancer). Sam is well published and has won a number of awards, most notably The Eileen Steele Memorial Award for Caring from The University of Northumberland. Sam enjoys spending her spare time with her young family, and is currently completing her MBA.

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Dr Nicola Carey
Vice Chair

Nicola is a qualified nurse who has worked in a variety of posts across the country in primary care as both a practice nurse and nurse practitioner. She also spent two years in the United States whilst undertaking her Master’s in Public Health in community health education, and was involved in several national and state level projects including the Youth Risk Behaviour Survey. Nicola’s main interests are in primary care, service improvement, the development of advanced nursing practice and non-medical prescribing.

Since January 2005 Nicola has been involved in a number of projects in non-medical prescribing including: diabetes, dermatology, paediatrics and the development of multi-professional prescribing. The findings from this research have provided support for revised prescribing regulation and assisted service providers to understand how non-medical prescribing can be used in service redesign.

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Penny Franklin
Treasurer

Penny is the Executive Editor for the AFP and an Associate Professor at Plymouth University. Her expertise is in Non-medical Prescribing and Medicines Management.
She has a background in Adult Nursing, Health Visiting and Children’s Nursing.

She works nationally with the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association as their prescribing link and is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting.
Penny is part of the BNF Sub-committee for the Community Practitioners Formulary.

She has published widely with regards to Non-medical Prescribing and Medicines Management.

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Eleri Mills
Committee Member

Eleri is an experienced Health Visitor and nurse educator and has worked in pre and post registration nurse education. Currently she is Programme Leader for Non-Medical Prescribing. She is a committee member of the Association for Prescribers UK (AFP) and has also been involved as an expert panel member and external examiner in a number of Approved Educational Institutions (AEI) NMP validations in England. As such she complements the programme in a significant way by bench marking the programme with best practice elsewhere in the UK. She is also a member representing the University on the local (BCUHB) NHS Trust Board for NMP implementation. In addition she is a Specialist Lecturer on the SCPHN programme and is a member of the UK Standing Conference on Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Education.

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Sally Jarmain
Committee Member

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Sally Jarmain is Non-Medical Prescribing Lead for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust. She qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse in 1997 and after working for 6 months within an acute psychiatric unit, she decided to specialise in addictions. She worked in a therapeutic community for people with drug problems and then, in 1998, helped to set up an in-patient service for people requiring drug detoxification within an acute psychiatric unit in Plymouth. In 1999, she joined the Community Alcohol Service in Torbay and then moved to the Community Addiction Service in Exeter in 2004. She was appointed as Clinical Lead in Alcohol within the Exeter Community Addiction Service in 2007, and completed training as a Non-Medical Prescriber the following year. Whilst leading the alcohol service, she developed an alcohol liaison service and a comprehensive group work programme for clients with alcohol problems.

In 2010, she was appointed as Clinical Lead in Drugs within Devon Drug Service, where she was responsible for assuring clinical governance within an organisation undergoing significant redesign. She expanded the role of Non-Medical Prescribers within the service by identifying where they could be used to enhance service delivery, such as setting up titration clinics to speed up access to prescribing treatment.

She has been employed as Non-Medical Prescribing Lead for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust since 2012. The Trust has a catchment population of nearly 500,000, and manages an acute hospital, 17 community hospitals and many health and social care community services. The Trust employs around 100 Non-Medical Prescribers and one of the key challenges of her current role is to ensure that there is good governance across a broad range of practitioners.