From maverick to emergency care guru

Garry Swann has spent almost three decades working in emergency care.  He explains what motivates him

Having risen through the ranks of staff nurse, charge nurse and nurse consultant, Garry Swann has spent almost three decades working in and around emergency care. Today, he is clinical director for advanced practice at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. Here he talks to Jennifer Trueland about what motivates him

Abstract

When Gary Swann qualified as a nurse, his first job was in a coronary care unit, but he soon realised it was not for him.

‘It was just too quiet for me,’ he says. ‘On ward rounds they would debate one electrocardiogram for 45 minutes. I thought “I can’t do this”. Then I was asked to work in the emergency department (ED), and found it was something I enjoyed.’

Mr Swann began his career in Mansfield then moved to Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2000. Five years later, he took up a consultant nurse in emergency care post at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), Birmingham.

He is now clinical director for advanced practice but has other roles too, including as senior associate for the emergency care intensive support team, part of NHS Interim Management and Support, which offers managerial expertise to the NHS.

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This article was published under the original title 'From maverick to guru' in Emergency Nurse, 8 June 2015, volume 23, issue 3. 

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