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Ebony

Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP)

“I really enjoy working in the community, as you get the continuity of care.”

  • Tell us about your role. What do you get up to on a typical day/week?

    The ACP role works alongside the community nursing team supporting with complex patients and preventing hospital admissions. A typical day can be very different, I will generally visit patients that have complex care needs and are housebound, in order to ensure they are safe at home. This could be someone that has recently been discharged from hospital and requires input to ensure they stay at home, or someone the district nurses may have concerns about and require a more thorough assessment.

  • What’s the best thing about working in the community? What made you choose this kind of work?

    Having come from an acute background, the ability to review and follow through with patients is something that I love having in my new role. I really enjoy working in the community, as you get the continuity of care and in my experience, the nurses really do want the best for their patients and this shows.

  • If you have worked in a previous environment, e.g. acute, how does this compare to working in community health?

    I definitely find working in the community that there is a lot less stress than in the acute sector. You can spend time with your patients and really unpick what exactly is going on in order to help them. The patients are also extremely grateful for the work you do for them and are always so happy to see you, which always puts a smile on my face.

  • Describe the working culture here?

    Since starting at BCH I have found that they are very supportive. Having never worked in the community before, they arranged a great orientation plan in order for me to experience many of the different services available and give me the best chance to thrive. The nurses appear to really enjoy what they do and are happy and enjoying their jobs.

  • What do you think makes someone successful here?

    If you strive to want to help patients and to give them the best care possible, then you will be successful here. Being in the acute sector can be stressful and full of time constraints but within the community you do not get this. The teams are supportive and protect their staff, which is great in an area that means you work alone.

  • Tell us about the learning and development and career progression opportunities?

    I was particularly drawn to this job role because of the career progression that was offered. I have taken the Advanced Clinical Practitioner route, which includes undertaking my Professional Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (PACR) course, Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advancing Practice, and a Non-Medical Prescribing course.

  • What’s the most rewarding thing about your role?

    Building relationships with patients, family and relatives and working with them to achieve their goals. Helping patients to be able to stay at home and assisting with family and relatives to do this is also very rewarding.

  • What do you think patients would say about the service you provide?

    I hope that they say I provide a service that has really helped them and supported them when they needed it the most. It is a service that is well communicated and essential to their health.

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