My job

‘Emergency nurses do an amazing job in challenging circumstances’

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust consultant nurse in urgent and unscheduled care Mike Paynter explains why he is proud of his emergency nurse team
Mike Paynter

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust consultant nurse in urgent and unscheduled care Mike Paynter explains why he is proud of his emergency nurse team

What is your job?

I have been consultant nurse in urgent and unscheduled care at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since 2011. My role encompasses advanced clinical practice, service development and education. My clinical team of about 40 emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) is supported by staff nurses and healthcare assistants, and they are based in minor injury and urgent care units across seven community hospitals. Last year, the service managed in excess of 105,000 patients; of these, 97% were managed as ‘completed episodes’.

Why did you become an emergency nurse?

The thought of working in accident and emergency appealed to me from a young age. I undertook various first aid training courses and worked as a volunteer

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