Frances Cannon

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 Registered General Nurse.  Frances began her career in nursing in 1981, she qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1984. Having worked as a Staff Nurse in a range of clinical areas she commenced her Post–Registration Mental Nurse (RMN) training 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 in the Clinical Education Centre (CEC). During this time she completed an MSc in Nursing at Queens University Belfast and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with commendation at Ulster University. During her time as Nurse Education Consultant she led and delivered on a wide range of education programmes, primarily in the field of mental health, but not exclusively-including regional educational initiatives to align and support implementation of strategic policy directives. Frances was one of the first Nurse Education Consultants to work with colleagues in Information Technology (IT) to transform what was traditionally a face-face teaching session into an ELearning programme for registrants.

In 2005, she was successfully selected to work in her capacity as a Nurse Education Consultant with a specialist forensic multidisciplinary team to design, plan and deliver a bespoke a highly effective induction programme to facilitate the opening of the first Regional Medium Secure Unit in Northern Ireland.

In 2010 she secured a tripartite secondment with the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS), the South Eastern Trust and the Clinical Education Centre as a Nurse Education Consultant.   In this role she provided strong educational and clinical leadership to support the modernisation and reform agenda within the NIPS.  She played a pivotal role and was instrumental to the opening of a unit within the NIPS aimed at supporting vulnerable prisoners – through the development and delivery of a tailored induction programme, and establishment on-going effective support strategies and supervision.

In 2012 Frances joined the Northern Ireland Practice Education Council (NIPEC). Her current role has a specific remit to support high standards of education and learning and development, for nurses and midwives across the province. Her specific areas of responsibility include:- education, regulation and Learning Disabilities Nursing.

She has established links and works closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Frances was the Project Lead for the implementation of NMC Revalidation in Northern Ireland. Since September 2018 Frances is the Project lead for the NMC Future Nurse Future Midwife standards in Northern Ireland – leading a programme of work in partnership with key stakeholders to ensure regional implementation.