Gaining skills that are essential in my daily practice

Rachel Reilly is a Community Matron at Derbyshire Community Health Services. She studied the MSc Advanced Practice through the Learning Beyond Registration route.

“I started my MSc when appointed into the post of Community Matron and initially studied the Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Decision Making modules. I gained prescribing and patient assessment skills that have become invaluable and essential in daily practice.

I then decided to continue with the full MSc to enhance my daily clinical care and practice, and to satisfy my personal interest in the differing subjects relevant to my caseload.

Making an impact - improving patient care

Without LBR funding I could not have continued. My Independent Study was titled: “What are the barriers to using long-term oxygen therapy in the community, how can adherence to treatment be improved?” This was a major study resulting in key recommendations which have been disseminated across Community Matrons and practitioners locally in order to improve patient care.

The findings were also discussed with the oxygen specialist nurse who was compiling a report for the National Lung Programme working group for Derbyshire which I was also involved with.”

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