My job

‘Nursing is one of the best and most rewarding jobs’

Tissue viability nurse consultant Julie Tyrer explains why her patients’ reactions make her proud 

Tissue viability nurse consultant Julie Tyrer explains why her patients’ reactions make her proud

What is your job?

I am a tissue viability nurse consultant at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Department of Health introduced the role of the ‘nurse consultant’ in the nursing strategy Making a Difference as part of an improved career pathway for experienced nurses so that their expertise could be retained in clinical practice. Nurse consultant posts differ between organisations, but they have some generic roles and responsibilities: leadership, in the form of consultancy; expert practice; service development, research and evaluation; and education.

What are your main responsibilities?

The role includes clinical and strategic responsibilities. It requires 50% of our time in clinical practice, providing expert knowledge to patients and staff, and 50% of our time spent on service improvement, research and


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