I am a nurse practitioner and independent prescriber working in the Exeter walk-in centres (WIC). The walk-in centre is a nurse-led service that provides clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatments for both minor injuries and illness. We care for patients of all ages with a wide variety of clinical needs.
Why did you join the Trust?
I was interested in pursuing a career in autonomous clinical practice and in enhancing my clinical skills. After 15yrs working within the Exeter emergency department as a senior nurse, moving over to the walk-in centres seemed to be a natural progression that would stretch my skills, accountability and professional development.
What makes you proud of your job?
The walk-in centre is incredibly patient focused and we strive to meet the needs of our patients as best as we can, at all times. I am also very proud to be part of a nurse-led team providing this service – it goes to show how incredible the nursing profession is and, given the right training and support, how well nurses can extend their scope of practice.
What is your highlight of 2017?
Professionally, I have to say the WIC had a cracking CQC inspection this year, which highlighted what a great job we are doing at meeting the needs of our patients in these challenging times. Personally, all my children have made me incredibly proud with their achievements at school, they have been amazing!
What do you like the most about living in the South West?
Fish and chips on the beach, and walking my dog Murphy on cold frosty mornings out in the countryside.
Favourite thing about the festive season?
Spending time with my family, my wife’s amazing Christmas roast and, of course, the Dr Who Christmas special!
There are loads, but for anyone wanting to read a Christmas story to their kids this year, I would thoroughly recommend The girl who saved Christmas by Matt Haig. It’s an amazing fun story with awesome animations.
Will you be making a New Year’s resolution? If so, what?