Two of our Nursing Assistant Practitioners (APs) were recognised earlier today when our Director of Nursing presented them with certificates to mark the successful completion of their core competencies.
Amanda Thomas and Marlene Andreassen both received their Assistant Practitioners certificate from Director Julia Hunt, who praised them for the valuable contribution they are making in supporting their Registered Nurse colleagues and patients at the hospital.
Julia Hunt presents Marlene (above) and Amanda (below) with their certificates.
Amanda works on the Renal Unit, while Marlene supports the team on Ward 6.
The James Paget University Hospital is expanding and developing the role of Assistant Practitioners across the Trust. The highly regarded position provides both a step towards encouraging individuals to consider registered nursing, or can be viewed as a career in its own right, with plenty opportunities to learn new skills and focus on patient care.
There are a number of routes into the role, with the Paget supporting those who wish to progress from Health Care Assistant towards nursing and those wanting to progress from other caring and support roles.
The course comprises of a two year part time Foundation Degree (Science) in Health Studies and the 25 Skills for Health Core Competencies Portfolio alongside a set of bespoke AP competencies specific to each area.
Justin Brown, the Clinical Educator who is overseeing the Nursing Assistant Practitioners, said; “Since we started offering Nursing Assistant Practitioner posts there has been growing interest – it has opened peoples’ eyes as to what can be done with the role, and this is true for both those looking at the role, taking up the positions and staff within the hospital . It is very much seen as a route into nursing, but equally there are those who love the post for what it is – assisting our nurses across the hospital with the day-to-day care of our patients.
“We are keen to attract new recruits and will be looking for further intakes, so if you’re interested please get in touch. Those new to caring, and existing staff who wish to join the programme, will initially complete a Care Certificate and, as you progress, you will gain skills that are transferable across a range of areas. Assistant Practitioners work toward completing a set of core competencies and this can open up all sorts of opportunities for you at the James Paget.”
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Amanda and Marlene with education and team colleagues.