Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs)
Our ACPs are there to help people that need to be seen at home urgently. The team can visit, assess and treat people at home, avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital when this is safe to do so.
Our ACPs are a community based team that provide visits to patients that are registered with a Wakefield GP in the district and the surrounding area. This team is made up of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) and Trainee ACPs with the aim to prevent admission to hospital when safe to do so. They do this by responding to those patients that have urgent needs which can be managed at home.
Referrals are mostly taken from GPs but are accepted from most sources. The team support patients to maximise their independence at home. Our team work within the Connecting Care hubs and so they have access to a range of other services including therapy services, adult social care and voluntary sector providers such as Age UK and Carers Wakefield.
Whilst not guaranteed, the service strives to visit all patients within two hours of referral to the team.
Conditions we treat
Typical conditions of those people we see include:
- Acute infections, e.g. urinary tract, chest, cellulitis
- Acute abdominal pain
- Cardiac and respiratory conditions
- Acute musculoskeletal pains/problems
- Ear, nose and throat acute conditions
- New or recurrent falls or mobility problems
Links to other services
- Adult Community Nursing - District Nursing - (ACN)
- Integrated Care Team - (MYICT)
- MY Therapy - Connecting Care Hubs
- Wakefield Intermediate Care Unit (WICU)
- Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Co-ordination/Triage Team (COTT)