The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced The Final Evaluation Report on the Impact of Implementing the Draft Policy on expanding Graduate, Specialist and Advanced Nursing Practice has been published by the Department of Health.
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced The Final Evaluation Report on the Impact of Implementing the Draft Policy on expanding Graduate, Specialist and Advanced Nursing Practice has been published by the Department of Health. The policy was implemented across the four service areas of older persons, unscheduled (ED), respiratory and rheumatology care and evaluated through the work of 124 ANPs appointed to these areas of services with known challenges. The independent evaluation of the policy implementation was led jointly by Professor Anne-Marie Brady, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Johnathan Drennan University College Cork. The evaluation examined the specific impact of Advanced Nurse Practitioners on service challenges using several key indicators such as, access to services, waiting lists, avoidance of unnecessary hospital admissions, improved patient flow, and support for early discharge from hospital. The report demonstrates the positive impacts for patients and services through implementation of Advanced Nurse Practitioner roles, for example, each ANP removes on average 3.9 patients per week from specialist waiting lists. On average 4.3 patients per ANP are avoiding hospital admission on a weekly basis and there is a reduction in overall Patient Experience Times (PET) of up to 2 hours 43 minutes for patients seen in emergency care areas which include ANPs as part of the care delivery model. Positive patient experiences were identified through surveys carried out across all four service areas with over 95% of patients reporting a positive experience of the care received from an ANP. The report also demonstrates a high proportion of the workload undertaken by ANPs is direct clinical care, predominantly delivered to patients with long-term conditions.
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