I worked as an Oncology Nurse at the Christie before joining the first cohort of PAs to be trained at the University of Manchester. I have been working as a PA in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) at Salford Royal Hospital since March 2018. I also work as an examiner at the University of Manchester and for the Faculty of Physician Associates National OSCE Exams.
My role as a PA involves assessing, managing and reviewing progress of patients in A+E and those referred into hospital by their GP. I do lumbar punctures on the unit and carry out bedside teaching for junior doctors who need to learn this skill.
Alongside this, I take part in QI projects and teach medical and PA students on the ward.
I displayed my poster looking at emergency presentations of cancer symptoms at the SAM (Society for Acute Medicine) Conference in Bournemouth and also at the Greater Manchester Cancer Conference.
I am also proud to be the Vice Chair of the North West PA Forum, a platform for bringing together PAs in the North West.
My aims an ambassador:-
1. Develop educational opportunities for PAs, ensuring that they are supported to upskill once qualified.
2. Raise the profile of PAs throughout the North West in hope of increasing employment opportunities.
3. Act as a source of support for PAs and student PAs and ensure that any concerns are communicated to HEE so we can be a supported and empowered workforce.