ACPs in Princess of Wales Emergency Department
ACPs are an essential constant in our emergency department workforce. They are a valuable resource of experience and clinical competence that we use to facilitate ongoing development of our clinical and nursing teams.
In our department, ACPs are extremely experienced, some having over eight years of experience in the role of an ACP. These experienced clinicians work at the level of a senior decision maker in the department, leading handovers in the morning and evening and taking role of EPIC (ED Physician in Charge) in the absence of an ED consultant. The team of ACPs working in POW have developed special interests much like our consultants or ED trainees, and this brings unique skills and knowledge to the ED team. Some of these include education, simulation, major incident management, resuscitation, legal and triage interests.
For example, Cheryl John is a credentialed ACP, who has also gained honorary lecturer status from Cardiff University for her dedication to undergraduate education and has now taken charge of undergraduate medical education in the Emergency Department. She is a well-known educator across south Wales due to her commitment and experience in education, and she also contributes to teaching for ‘The All Wales School of Emergency Medicine’ and advanced practice across Wales.
These are a selection of quotes regarding our ACPs from their portfolio:
“***** provides excellent clinical care. She frequently leads in resus and teaches junior doctors critical care skills. I am always happy in ***** clinical knowledge and skills that she can manage any case that attends the resus room.”
“***** makes a massive contribution to our team, he is very well respected by all colleagues and is hard working, pleasant and trustworthy.”
“A great leader. Very sensible and reliable. Hardworking. Always happy whenever **** is in the department.”
“Extremely gifted educationalist. Ability to teach and organise teaching to the highest standard.”
“An excellent well-rounded emergency clinician."
Statement from Dr Matt Jones, Clinical Director for Emergency Care for Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend:
“Our ACP’s offer our department a constant senior workforce that is invaluable to the day-to-day working of our Emergency Department. Not only do they offer excellent standards of clinical care and knowledge, but they also take on many senior management tasks, such as leading on education and development of flow of patients through the Emergency Department. We are fortunate to have such an experienced group of ACPs, and we are now reaping the benefits of having such a multi-talented group of ACPs.”
“I’m currently educational/clinical supervisor to a Year 2 ACP in our ED in Yeovil Somerset. My ACP Simon, who comes from a paramedic background, brings a wealth of experience, clinical skills & systems knowledge to the ED.
“As a motivated adult learner, he is a pleasure to supervise and as a senior – into their third decade of EM work – is a great prompt for refreshing knowledge (anatomy of the Circle of Willis anyone?).
“There are many great improvements which have been made in EM in the last few years –developing the workforce with ACP’s is one of them.
“Enjoy ACP day!”
Miss Delia Parnham-Cope
ED Yeovil district hospital
“Since starting our ACP programme, we have found our ACPs bring huge value to the team. Of course there is a the clinical role that is core to being an ACP, but I think what is often understated is the added value beyond this that ACPs bring to a team, since becoming an ACP requires being an experienced professional in prior roles. We very much take the view that ACPs are providing breadth and a new grade to our workforce, not filling doctor rota gaps.
“Some examples are the extensive work one of our ACPs has done on developing our strategy for patients who arrive having been subjected to violence/assault. As the CEO of the charity Stand Against Violence, he is a phenomenal addition to our team.
“Another member of our team has been a Caldicott guardian, worked in 111 call centres, and had senior management roles in the ambulance service.
“Emergency Medicine has always prided itself in having clinicians with a huge variety of skills and the ACP workforce is growing this in yet another way, which can only be good for our specialty.”
Dr James Gagg
Clinical Director & Consultant
Musgrove Park Hospital