Advanced Practitioners

An Advanced Practitioner is a qualified registered professional who has completed extra training, usually at Masters Level. They can assess, diagnose and treat patients autonomously within their own competence. This often involves prescribing medication, referring to other specialists and offering advice.

Steven Blakeway Advanced Nurse Practitioner RCN ALNP, RN, BSc (Hons), V300 Independent Prescriber, PGCert (Open), PGDip (Bourne). Mentorship (2012), Minor Illness and Injury (2017).

I started working within the NHS in 2004 as a Healthcare Assistant at Torbay Hospital and graduated Bournemouth University as a Registered Nurse in 2009. During my nursing career I have worked in a number of Acute and Emergency Care environments.

I began working in Primary Care in 2016 after obtaining Post Graduate Qualifications as I wanted to broaden my clinical horizons and understood the importance of people accessing good quality healthcare in their community, close to home. I have since gained Royal College of Nursing “Advanced Level Nursing Practice Credentialed” status. I am very proud to be an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working with the outstanding team at Leatside. I am our local Primary Care Network Lead for Advanced Clinical Practice and Allied Health Professionals and am passionate about the ever developing multi-skilled team approach to care.

Kim Connabeer

Val Falconer RGN, RN, PGDip(Health Science). V300 (Independent Prescriber). C@G7307.

I started work in Primary care in 1993 after moving from the acute sector. I trained at Torbay Hospital and over the years have gained many qualifications in long term conditions and teaching. I embrace the ever changing challenge of working in primary care. I feel honoured to provide professional evidence based care to all ages of the population over the years, and  share in the deliver y of family based care.

I enjoy women’s health, diabetes, respiratory conditions and teaching. I have worked for Plymouth University and Exeter University delivering the Practice Nurse Foundation Module working with nurses that are the workforce of the future. I am passionate about Primary care and this is my way of ensuring a sound work force of the future.

My hobbies include reading, walking, outdoor pursuits and spending time with family and friends.

Kevin Ashworth

Kevin’s focus is on Chronic Disease Management, which includes reviewing patients and their medication to try to keep them healthy. He specialises in respiratory and cardiovascular medicine in particular.