9 November 2021

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is celebrating part of its pioneering workforce during Advanced Practice Week (wc Monday 8 November).

Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) support medical teams across the whole spectrum of medical, surgical, paediatric services and urgent and emergency care within the Trust and throughout the week SaTH will be highlighting some of the valuable roles the ACPs play through our social media channels.

ACPs within the Trust come from diverse clinical backgrounds including nursing, allied health professions such as physiotherapy and paramedic science, with SaTH currently employing 48 ACPs across a variety of specialities including medicine, paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, surgery and intensive care. Next year will also see the first Consultant ACP roles in Acute Medicine.

Hayley Flavell, Director of Nursing at SaTH, said: “The spotlight is on our ACPs during Advanced Practice Week and we want to recognise the tremendous contribution they make to the care that our patients at SaTH receive.

“Right across our hospitals and in a whole range of services, ACPs are a crucial part of the team here and we couldn’t do what we do without them. I hope this week helps to highlight to a wider audience their valuable work and the vital role they play in caring for the communities we serve.”

Dr Amruta Lacy-Colson, Consultant Lead for the ACP Team at SaTH, said: “I can speak on behalf of all my colleagues in respiratory, and the wider medical physician workforce, when I say that our ACPs have been absolutely vital to the running of our departments. They have provided a high calibre service looking after patients and provided services that otherwise

would have had to have been pared back during the COVID-19 pandemic. My thanks to all of you.”

Please keep an eye out for case studies highlighting the variety of ACP roles within the Trust on our social media channels. Facebook /ShrewsburyandTelfordNHS Twitter @sathNHS and Insta @sathnhs