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The Assistant Practitioner Programme at NGH. Fiona Barnes Deputy Director of Nursing . 16 th September 2010. Partnership Working. Working together – University, Northamptonshire Workforce Team, KGH, NGH, NHFT Northants Assistant Practitioner Group Curriculum Development sub group

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The Assistant Practitioner Programme at NGH

Fiona Barnes

Deputy Director of Nursing


16th September 2010


Partnership Working

  • Working together – University, Northamptonshire Workforce Team, KGH, NGH, NHFT

  • Northants Assistant Practitioner Group

  • Curriculum Development sub group

  • Commonalities

  • Challenges

  • Developments


Assistant Practitioners

  • Cohort 1, 2010 - Qualified APs

    • Renal

    • Gynaecology

    • Emergency Assessment Unit

    • Accident & Emergency

  • Cohort 2, 2011 – Qualified APs Child Health & Maternity

  • Cohort 3, 2012 – 11 Due to qualify September 2014

  • Cohort 4, 2014 – 3 new trainees


AP Development

  • Continuing Professional Development

  • Surgical Module

  • The Future


NGH Child Health Assistant Practitioners

Roles within the:

Neonatal unit,

day case surgery & continuing healthcare

AP Conference. B Sandhu. June 14


The Neonatal AP

AP Conference. B Sandhu. June 14

Designated role within the discharge team

Contribute to clinical assessment of babies pre discharge

Documentation directly into nursing notes

Role within MDT approach

ITU/HDU – assist under direct supervision

Food handling course –milk kitchen, EBM, donor milk]


Continuing Healthcare AP

AP Conference. B Sandhu. June 14

Delivery of direct care

Member of the continuing healthcare team

Contribute to changes in care

Apply medications [vitamins/creams]

Direct entry into nursing notes


Day case surgery AP

AP Conference. B Sandhu. June 14

Escorting children to/from theatre [BLS @ competency trained]

Administer medication under direct supervision

Direct documentation to nursing notes

Participation into direct patient care


Future extension of AP role

AP Conference. B Sandhu. June 14

Mentor TAP students

Take on extended role – orthopaedic training,

Phlebotomy, venepuncture & cannulation

Work within preoperative preparation of children for elective theatre


Not part of AP role:

AP Conference. B Sandhu. June 14

Checking medication

Administering medication with no direct supervision

Make decisions based on vital signs [PEWS/obs, blood sugars]

Lead on ward rounds

Independently change plans of care


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