Meet Luke, Advanced Clinical Practitioner | Bristol Community Health Careers Bristol Community Health


Advanced Clinical Practitioner

“The culture revolves around the Bristol Community Health values and behaviours.”

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

    My role is primarily to offer clinical support and development to the health care staff across all 5 prisons. A typical week will be prioritising clinical training depending on the requirements of the service. I’m currently supporting and training staff in the use of new blood glucose monitoring, completing workbooks which will enable staff to administer medication from Patient Group Directives, completion of documentation including SBAR and carrying out clinical supervisions with clinical staff.

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

    Working in the prison community has its challenges. One of the best things is the multi-disciplinary working – Being able to access a range of health care professionals who are situated in the same premises. As a paramedic, I have had several challenges and frustrations in the past getting hold of/ referring to other health care teams (especially mental health).

  • Describe the working culture here?

    The culture revolves around the Bristol Community Health values and behaviours. There are excellent learning opportunities through the MLE system. There is a saying in prison health care: Remember, they are patients – Not prisoners.

  • What do you think makes someone successful here?

    The key to success is to be hard working, to set an example of excellent patient care, to be a team player and to continuously demonstrate good conduct as well as being an ambassador for BCH.

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

    As previously mentioned there is an excellent opportunity for learning and development with the MLE system which includes essential skills development and e-learning. Other opportunities exist outside of this; there is a budget to invest in training and development for staff who wish to add to their clinical knowledge and skills. I have personally had assistance with funding my teaching qualification and am booked onto a master’s module in advanced management of long-term conditions.

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

    Making a positive difference to patient outcomes. Clinical training and hearing how the training given is having a positive outcome not only to the development of the person being trained but to the service delivery.

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

    The patients we treat within the prison have frustrations as they are reliant on the prison regime and believe they receive different treatment in the prison than in the community. Ultimately though, I think the majority of prisoners feel that they get a good service from the health care professionals on the front line. I think they would agree that they are listened to by the health care professionals, although they may not always receive all the medications that they feel they are entitled to.

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