l-r: Avril Sharman, Lesley Owen-Gray, Christopher Blainey, Belinda Hewett, Sarah Pillinger and Lisa Hacker
I am writing to share my experience of the FoNS Patients First Programme (supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing) first two-day workshop and how inspiring it was. Firstly some information about our clinical group and setting.
Our workplace is a busy, bustling orthopaedic outpatients department set within a good sized general hospital; Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The core business focusses on providing elective surgery, and aftercare and support for patients. The skill mix for the whole department is a vast multidisciplinary team including professors, specialist surgeons, associate specialists, nurse practitioners, healthcare assistants, plaster technicians, nurses, physios and hand therapists. We all work together very closely on a daily basis within combined clinics. The whole team works together within one department. We see an average of 700 patients over a Monday to Friday period although we have just introduced twilight and weekend sessions.