Assistant Practitioners on Surgical Elective Assessment Lounge (SEAL) Tracy Hillhouse (AP) Sophie Lyden deputy ward manager Seal unit
What is SEAL? • Surgical Elective Admissions Lounge • Approx 98% of elective and trauma patients are admitted day of operation through the SEAL unit
Background about the SEAL-APs • There are 4 qualified Assistant Practitioners (AP) employed within the SEAL unit all of whom were previously HCAs with NVQ Level 2/3 • APs complete a two year foundation degree which qualifies them to undertake clinical work in domains that have previously been within the remit of qualified professionals
Role of an AP in the SEAL unit APs are involved in all aspects of patient admissions, including: • Theatre admissions • Venepuncture • Cannulation • Liaising with MDT • Review clinics
Challenges • Recognition • PCIS training • Blood requests • Validation of VTEs • Eye drops • Injections
We are proud of… • Gaining qualification whilst in full time employment • Bringing core skills which improve the efficiency of the team • Recognition of the role within the SEAL unit
We are also proud of… • Increased involvement with patient’s journey • Patient satisfaction • Wide knowledge base • Ability to perform under pressure
The future SEAL-AP The SEAL unit is a dynamic place to work. As part of this ever-evolving team our knowledge and skills are constantly being challenged and improved. Whilst endeavouring to continue to improve the service we provide, we are aware of the boundaries of our role.
Thank You Any Questions?