A large trust in the east Midlands has more than tripled the number of advanced nurse practitioners working in its accident and emergency department.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed five new ANPs, taking to seven the total now working in its A&E.
All seven qualified ANPs have graduated from the University of Nottingham’s masters in advanced clinical practice post-graduate course.
A further nine are currently in training, including one specialising in peadiatric emergency medicine, and there are plans to recruit more nurses to the September intake of the masters course.
Trust director of nursing Jenny Leggott said: “ANPs have a level of autonomy that affords them opportunities to make clinical decisions which helps to improve the emergency care service.
“As one of the largest and busiest acute hospitals in the region, we need to be exploring more innovative ways of delivering clinically excellent care to all patients,” she added. “And that’s why we’re investing in up-skilling our nursing staff.”
ANPs are already working in trust’s acute medicine team, where they assess patients admitted via GPs as emergency medical admissions. The trust said it also planned to increase this ANP team from its current total of three.
Frank Coffey, consultant in emergency medicine and clinical director of the masters course, said: “Advanced Practitioners are symbolic of a new era in medicine, where professional boundaries are blurring and the best care for the patient becomes paramount.
“It has been a great pleasure to work with NUH’s trainees and watch them develop into excellent clinicians. The combination of their nursing skills and their newly acquired expertise is a perfect mix.”