“I never even imagined that I would become a nurse, let alone a lead nurse who is now studying at Masters level.”
25 years after starting her NHS journey as a Health Care Assistant, our Head and Neck Cancer Specialist Sister, Tracy Robinson, is emerging as a leader in her field by training to become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).
Qualified ACPs take direct clinical responsibility for the patients they see, while also getting involved in research, audits, service improvement and education.
“The ACP role is brilliant, as you’re still caring for patients as a nurse, but you’re also reviewing and assessing them, planning their treatment plans and discharge,” explains Tracy. “As an ACP, you’re empowered to make decisions and prescribe, within your specialist area.”
As trainee ACP for Maxillofacial, Tracy is available to see head and neck cancer and trauma patients in our Emergency Department, supporting doctors and improving patient flow by managing them appropriately. She also carries out on-call shifts alongside junior doctors, which takes her to departments all over the LRI.
“Accompanying the doctors means that my scope of practice has expanded hugely. Now, I’m seeing everyone from newborn babies to patients at the end of their lives.”