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Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners (APNPs)

Across Cheshire and Merseyside paediatrics services have, in recent years, struggled against significant workforce shortages. Reasons behind this issue can be linked to the national drive towards 24/7 working, the change to junior doctors contacts and a real lack of trainee paediatricians.

Working with our partners Kids Health Matters, we have created an online education platform that introduces specialist paediatric modules into MSC Advanced Practice university programmes. These modules include:

  1. Neonatal Advanced Practice
  2. Ambulatory Paediatrics
  3. Acute Care Paediatrics

The training programme is currently being used by students studying MSC Advanced Practice at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

The introduction of trained Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners is a solution to system issues and will ensure care can be delivered in the right place, right time by the right person. As clinical experts that can act as as a conduit between GP and consultants in A&E, we are hoping that our APNPs will help to alleviate some of the pressure on A&E department and equip parents with the confidence to use alternatives to A&E for non-emergency care.

Within a year we will have 18 new trainees on rota across Cheshire and Merseyside – with a new cohort of 35 in training. Health Education England has recognised the effectiveness of this new approach to service modelling and has provided funding for 20 of these places.

For more information visit www.kids-health-matters.org.uk