Over the last year, NEAS has recruited 16 new Advanced Practitioners.
Whether they have come from a nursing or paramedic background, they are all here to not only provide more care in the community but support our frontline staff.
Steve Adams, Clinical Service Manager, said: “Traditionally our role has been to pick up patients and take them to hospital. More and more, the clinician’s role is evolving and now we are delivering more of that care in the community, keeping patients at home or looking for alternative means or treatment rather than bringing them into emergency departments.
“Our Advanced Practitioners are the next phase of this, with the ability to see, treat, refer or discharge to a higher level than ever before. The role also allows us to offer more job progression for paramedics.”
Former NEAS paramedic Mark Wells re-joined the Trust as one of our first Advanced Practitioners, having spent a number of years as an emergency care practitioner in urgent care centres.
“For me, this role is about delivering patient-centred care in the community, helping to keep patients at home with the appropriate treatment and advice,” he said.
“There’s nothing better than that feeling of being able to save an elderly lady from a trip to A&E, knowing she’s safe at home feeling better and reassured, having had a thorough examination and a bit of a giggle.
“We’re able to forge better links with district nursing teams, GP surgeries and mental health teams and also organise direct admission to an appropriate ward, thereby hopefully reducing the impact on A&E departments.”
Lizzy Roebuck and Matt Sheridan are the newest recruits to the team.
Lizzy said: “I see my role as being able to alleviate the pressure from frontline staff because we can deal with the lower acuity stuff, which allows them to deal with the critical patients.”