Advanced Nurse Practitioner
I began my nursing career in 1996 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital completing my Batchelor of Science Degree in Community Health Care (Specialist Practitioner in General Practice Nursing) in 2001.
I qualified as an Independent Nurse prescriber in 2006 before completing a Masters Degree in First Contact Care at Sheffield Hallam University in 2008.
Since 2016 I have worked in General Practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP).
What is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and what are their roles within a practice?
The Royal College of Nursing states “Advanced Nurse Practitioners are educated at Masters Level in clinical
practice and have been assessed as competent in practice using their expert clinical knowledge and skills. They have the freedom and authority to act, making autonomous decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.”
In my current NHS role I see patients in a GP practice. My duties include the following;
• Diagnosing health conditions
• Prescribing and administering medication
• Conducting check-ups
• Researching patient conditions
• Referring patients to specialists
• Maintaining records of patient medical history
I have over twenty-five years’ experience working within the NHS both in the Primary and Secondary Care sectors. I have always had a passion to understand how to optimise health and how preventative medicine can have a huge impact on patient wellbeing, I am looking forward to bringing those skills to Learn to Heal.