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Rebecca Hoskins

rebecca hoskinsI have been in post since 2004 and work across both the emergency departments in the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Additionally I work at the University of the West of England in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences for 2 days a week, leading the Emergency Practitioner Programme and the CPD module; Minor Illness and Minor Injury in Children (MIMIC) modules.

"The role is incredibly varied and no two days are the same."

What I especially love about this role is the way I am encouraged to work within the ED, the division of medicine and also Trust wide, supporting advanced nursing practice and encouraging nurses to have confidence in their abilities to make patient care and the experience of patients more positive within the trust as well as safer.

As well as working as a senior lecturer at the local university I also work closely with the Clinical educator in the ED and we have recently revised and refreshed our triage training days, we also deliver Trauma Intermediate Life Support (TILS) courses for both EDs to meet the needs of adult nurses working in a major trauma unit and children's nurses working in a major trauma centre. I am fortunate enough to be involved in the clinical nurse specialist's annual reviews with our head of nursing in the division each year.

"It is incredibly enlightening to understand the amazing work that nurses working in different specialities do every day to improve the quality of patients' lives."

Being a member of  the Trust wide IRMER radiation subcommittee means that I can support nurses in being able to safely request a wide range of investigations for their patients, like x-rays and CT scans , which contributes to improved access to a final diagnosis. I am the Trust lead for non-medical prescribing and we have over 200 prescribers working in the trust who are nurses, physios, radiographers, optometrists and pharmacists, while it is a really challenging qualification to gain, without exception everyone who successfully completes it describes how the ability to prescribe for their patients improves patient care immensely.

I completed a professional doctorate three years ago, which allowed me to explore a  research question in my clinical specialty and am now pursuing post-doctoral research opportunities supported in my role at the university; the most important thing I have learnt in the whole process is that research can be a tiny bit exciting!