Advanced Nurse Practitioner
I have worked as an advanced nurse practitioner with Birtley Medical Group for over eleven years, and for most of that time I have focussed my skills on helping people manage long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. I also assess and treat minor illness and injury.
Like all advanced nurse practitioners I have been assessed as competent to diagnose and treat, including to prescribe medication, in a general practice setting, and I use those skills to assist people in balancing between the demands of their health conditions, and the equally essential focus on fulfilling lives.
I can refer patients for specialist hospital care, for further investigations, to community nursing and other services. As a nurse, I cannot sign Fit Notes or certify a death.
Medication reviews for people who are unable to leave their homes are part of my remit, and I work closely with the community matrons and community nurses where they are involved.
I am the clinical lead for the nursing team, and the respiratory lead for the practice, but all the staff in BMG draw on each other’s expertise and skills so that we continue to learn.