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Recruitment of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Jersey Hospice Care

As part of our patient-centred care service, Jersey Hospice Care is pleased to announce the recruitment of the role of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in our In Patient Unit.

The Advanced Nurse Practitioner will support the medical team, liaising closely with GP colleagues when they come to review patients. An Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is a registered nurse with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Advanced Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medications (as non-medical prescribers), treat symptoms and undertake physical examinations. ANPs differ from physicians in that they focus on symptom management, wellness, and education.

With the increasing complexity of some of our patients, they require medical reviews at least once a day. As a non-medical prescriber, the Advanced Nurse Practitioner will enhance the patients’ experience by

  • offering improved, timely symptom management
  • having considerable knowledge and expertise in their practice area. Research suggests that when nurses adopt the prescribing role, these attributes combine with the knowledge gained through the prescribing course to bring benefits to patient care
  • involving patients in discussions about their healthcare

Non-medical prescribing (NMP) has already been introduced across the Island and is having a positive impact on patients’ lives. Geoff White, Head of Professional Practice and Island-wide lead for Non Medical Prescribing, said,

‘Extensive partnership work with HSSD over the last five years has seen the creation and development of new practice roles in line with healthcare reform and bringing Jersey in line with national and international best practice, of which Jersey Hospice Care is now looking to develop the role of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Patient safety and improving the quality of care for our patients is our number one priority and this initiative is another example of providing quality care to the people we serve in Jersey .

‘We have established a very robust system of education, training and supervision for our most senior experienced nurses who wish to pursue the Advanced Nurse Practitioner role, in order for them to enable patients to receive medicines to treat and relive symptoms in a efficient, safe and timely way. Jersey Hospice Care now has two of their senior, experienced nurses who are fully qualified nurse independent prescribing practitioners and will be providing this service within the hospice. They will be joining thirty other specialist nurses from across the island who already provide advanced practice.  Since the introduction of these roles three years ago, we have seen a very safe and positive impact on patient care in terms of better symptom control, access to timely medication and improved patient care outcome.’

Gail Caddell, Director of Palliative Care Services at Jersey Hospice Care, said, ‘In line with our current vision, and that of our current primary care health reform, we see this key initiative as fundamental in complementing the relationship we already enjoy with our General Practitioner colleagues in terms of strengthening our overall management of medicines and symptom control.

‘As the key provider for specialist palliative care on the island, two of our senior Jersey Hospice Care registered nurses have successfully completed their post-graduate Nursing & Midwifery Council accredited programme and will be practicing Non-Medial Prescribing, before the end of February.’