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First physio trains in advanced critical care

24 October 2012 - 3:22pm

CSP member Jane Lennox has become the first physiotherapist to qualify and work as an advanced critical care practitioner (ACCP).

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Following the publication of the national competency framework for advanced critical care, any qualified health professional can receive training

She graduated from a two-year postgraduate diploma in advanced critical care in February 2012, and has since joined the critical care services rota at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Ms Lennox formerly worked at the hospital as a respiratory specialist on the cardiothoracic intensive care unit and with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients on medical wards.

She now assesses patients, makes provisional diagnoses, implements and monitors treatments, and carries out procedures such as invasive lines.

Shift rota

‘I’m on the junior doctor rota which consists of 12 and a half hour shifts,’ said Ms Lennox.

‘It incorporates nights and weekends across the critical care area and I cover the high dependency unit and intensive care units.’

The qualification in advanced critical care was previously only open to professionals registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

But following publication of the national competency framework for ACCP in 2008, any health professional with suitable qualifications – usually a BSc degree and five years’ post-qualification experience – can now receive training.

A second CSP member has now started the postgraduate diploma in advanced critical carecourse. Physiotherapist Alexandra King works in Newcastle upon Tyne and started her training this month.

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