Advanced Surgical Care Practitioner UGI and Bariatric, Portsmouth NHS Trust
I joined the Royal Navy in 1980 as a student nurse qualifying as an enrolled nurse in 1982 and completing a full-time conversion course in 1998 and qualified as a registered nurse. During my Naval career I worked both on medical and surgical wards and in theatres as a scrub and recovery nurse. I also served on RFA Argus during the 1990 first Gulf war. I left the Navy in 1994 after the birth of my daughter and after 6 months maternity leave, I returned to work in the theatre recovery unit at Portsmouth NHS hospital trust for 4 years relocating back to the local Naval hospital to work as a recovery and scrub nurse for the MOD. In 2000 I was TUPE’d back to Portsmouth NHS where I continued my role as a team leader in laparoscopic scrub for General Surgery. In 2004 I commenced SCP training at Greenwich University qualifying as an SCP in 2005. I was the first SCP in Portsmouth working for the UGI team where I set up and ran the day case Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy service. I have driven the service from a 2% day case ratio to over 85 % and have transferred the principles to Hiatus Hernia surgery in which I also lead and continue to progress an increasing volume of day cases. Over the years I have graduated in BSc Hons in Clinical practice with a post graduate MSc module in Obesity management, and practice as non-medical prescriber. I assisted with setting up the Bariatric service in Portsmouth and became the clinical lead for the nurse specialist employed for the service. I also run my own Limited Company in which I provide specialist surgical assistance in private practice to various consultants in UGI and Bariatrics in London and the South coast including the running of gastric band adjustment clinics and pre and post-operative phone support for Bariatric patients. Each day is very different but they are all very busy. I am the senior SCP and line manage 3 other SCPs along with a robotic ASP and 2 CNSs for Bariatrics and organise our off duty to ensure that all UGI and bariatric operating lists have a suitably skilled assistant which entails working closely with the junior doctors rota coordinator to cover 9 operating lists a week and Saturday lists twice a month. I assist in open, laparoscopic and robotic UGI benign and cancer cases as well as routine and complex revision bariatric cases. I conduct independent GP choose and book outpatient clinics for Hernias, gallstone disease and lumps and bumps for both new and follow up patients. Accepted as an Associate member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2018 and currently an active member of RCS associate working group.