Advancing nursing

Advancing nursing

Posted on 18 November 2015 by Gabrielle Coyle

Following an extremely successful, two year joint funded project between the hospice and the University of West of Scotland, our trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) post in Palliative Care has now become a permanent role within our multidisciplinary clinical team.

Following evaluation, we have been able to identify that the trainee ANP role supported the provision of specialist palliative care and helped to improve communication between services. This not only enhanced our patient’s individual experience of hospice care, but was well evaluated by other members of the clinical team.

Meriel Conn has now been recruited to the first permanent Advanced Nurse Practitioner post in the Ayrshire Hospice.

This role is becoming increasingly adopted throughout the NHS, with an ability to assess patients’ health care needs, using highly developed nursing knowledge, and skills e.g. physical examination.

As part of her role, Meriel works closely with other ANPs and Specialist Palliative Care Teams. She has gained a post graduate qualification in Advanced Clinical Practice and is now a non-medical prescriber.

Looking to the future, our ANP in Palliative Care will work in partnership with ANP colleagues in acute and non-acute hospitals across Ayrshire and will work alongside the hospice medical team to consolidate her clinical knowledge and skill.