Veterans’ charity Erskine celebrate as their Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Boyd, wins the ‘Innovation for Advanced Practice Award’ from ACAP Scotland (Acute Care Advanced Practice).
Jennifer started as ANP* covering two of Erskine’s four care homes in February last year. The new role at Erskine was seen as an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of the 220 residents living in the homes. The role has proved a huge success with Jennifer significantly influencing the care being provided to residents on a day to day basis and beyond that teaching and sharing knowledge with the whole care team at the charity. Jennifer works across the four pillars of Advanced Practice – Clinical Practice; Research; Leadership and Teaching/Learning.
Jennifer was thrilled to be presented with the award at the annual ACAP Conference in the Radisson Blue, Glasgow, earlier this month, saying: “I was both shocked and delighted to receive this award – to be nominated was just fantastic! We have pushed the boundaries within Erskine with the development of the role and to date we can see a significant difference in our residents care if they become acutely unwell or require assessment. We have had huge support from NHS Ayrshire & Arran and our GP practice in Bishopton. It is rewarding daily to be part of Erskine and be part of a team who support a role that is doing something different and who aren’t afraid to make positive changes to the benefit of our residents.”
Director of Care at Erskine, Derek Barron, who nominated Jennifer for the award said: “Erskine is the only Care Home in the UK which directly employs an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. It is a delight for Erskine to see our Advanced Nurse Practitioner being recognised for this innovation and to receive this award from ACAP who have been at the forefront of promoting advanced practice across Scotland for many years. I am thrilled to see Jennifer being recognised for her dedication and innovated work across the two care homes she works in and for the support of NHS Ayrshire & Arran in supporting us to establish this role.”
* An Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is an experienced and highly educated Registered Nurse who manages the complete clinical care of the person, not solely any specific condition. Advanced practice is a level of practice, rather than a type or speciality of practice.