Two nurses at Lincoln County Hospital have become the first to gain a better qualification level on United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s new in-house training scheme.
The two trainee nurses, urology nurse specialist Laura Perrin-Brown and intensive care nurse Rebecca Birchall, both met the criteria needed to become Advanced Nurse Practitioners.
They became Advanced Nurse Practitioners through ULHT’s new in-house training scheme, and means they can now fill roles usually done by a doctor.
The Trust chose to train competent and experienced staff already working at the hospital within certain areas due to the unlikelihood of finding someone suited to the role outside of the ULHT.
Pictured l-r: Laura Perrin-Brown, Stephen Whitehead and Rebecca Birchall
Advanced Nurse Practitioner Stephen Whitehead said: “They have both worked extremely hard over the past year and their efforts to achieve the required competencies have been justifiably rewarded by the accreditation to ACP.
“Their performance has also given us a standard to work to for trainees in the future and I must say that Laura and Rebecca have set the bar very high which is exactly where it should be.”
He added: “An ACP is a registered professional who has expanded their role and scope of practice within the medical model, with the attitude, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within the emergency care team under defined levels of supervision.
“ACPs strengthen the surgical and urology multi-disciplinary teams aiding the delivery of high quality care.”