An advanced nurse practitioner has been appointed to an innovative new role in Devon that is intended to break down barriers between academia and practice.
Philippa Quin has been appointed lecturer in advanced nursing by Plymouth University and NHS primary care provider Plymouth Community Healthcare.
The joint role has been described as a “unique combination of educator and clinical practitioner” by the two organisations.
Ms Quin is based at the Cumberland GP Practice in Devonport, which is also a joint initiative between Plymouth University and Plymouth Community Healthcare.
It is the first NHS GP practice to be jointly run as a social enterprise by a university and a provider of NHS primary care.
The practice has two part-time GPs and two nurse practitioners, which combines patient care with on-the-spot training of medical and nursing students from Plymouth University.
“I want to raise the profile of community nursing in general and primary care in particular”
Ms Quin said: “I have a number of aims for this role. In the short term I want to raise the profile of community nursing in general and primary care in particular.
“I envisage that the more students who are introduced to primary care early in their training the more likely they are to choose it as a career pathway,” she said.
“In the longer term I also aim to contribute clinically and academically to that career pathway with practical experience for prescribing and MSc students,” she added.
“Philippa is an excellent role model for the nursing workforce of the future”
Dr Ann Humphreys, head of Plymouth University’s school of nursing and midwifery, said: “We have a strong commitment to making a difference to local health care needs through this collaboration with the NHS.
“Philippa’s expertise as an advanced nurse practitioner provides an excellent role model for the nursing workforce of the future.”
Ms Quin qualified in 1985. She started as a practice nurse in 1992 and became an advanced practitioner in 2005 and an independent prescriber in 2006.
From 2008 to October 2013 she worked as an advanced practitioner for Salford Health Matters – a social enterprise offering primary care for a population of 13,000 patients in deprived areas.