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I joined the Royal Marsden School’s Advanced Clinical Practice Education Team in 2019 whilst working part time as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Clinical Haematology. I have over 15 years of nursing experience in a breadth of clinical specialties including General Surgery, Renal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Nursing.

After completing pre-registration education in 2006 in at the University of Leeds, I pursued my ambition to work in Intensive Care; I spent several years working in a Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit during which I completed a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing. I worked alongside an exceptional clinical team who were motivated, highly skilled and talented educators that provided a solid example of how to deliver exceptional clinical care that was finely tuned to an individual’s needs. This undoubtedly, left a lasting impression on my values, my outlook on my nursing career and my motivation as an educator.    

Soon after joining the nursing register, I joined the Army Reserve (Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Core) as part of the Army Medical Services which offered a wealth of opportunity to develop clinical skills in a military context. I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 where I spent several months embedded within a Military Field Hospital Intensive Care Unit working alongside a multinational clinical team. I was awarded the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan and accompanying NATO Medal.

I relocated to London in 2013 with the ambition of returning to University to develop the skill set of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. I undertook the initial part of this training while working in Infectious Diseases and completed a PgCert in Tropical Diseases concurrently. I later completed a Royal College of Nursing accredited Advanced Clinical Practitioner PgDip in Acute and Critical Care at LSBU.

I currently teach at the Royal Marsden School on the following modules:

  • Physical Assessment & Clinical Reasoning
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment

Committee Involvement:

  • Royal College of Nursing (Inner North Central London Branch) – Branch Secretary

Areas of interest:

  • Optimising the impact of Advanced Nurse/Clinical Practitioners
  • The impact of non-technical skills, ergonomics and human factors on clinical outcomes
  • BSc Dissertation Topic ‘The safety of cricoid pressure in rapid sequence induction & intubation and methods of training clinicians in its safe application’
  • The safe transportation of critically ill patients
  • The education of clinical teams in managing medical emergencies

Publications:

Underwood, J., Marks, M., Collins, S., Logan, S., Pollara, G. (2019) Intravenous catheter-related adverse events exceed drug-related adverse events in outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 74 (3), pp. 787–790.

Collins, S. (2016) ‘Leaderflex IV catheters reduce length of stay and facilitate admission avoidance pathways in the OPAT setting’ British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy National OPAT Conference. International Conference Centre. 8-9th December. Birmingham.

Fink, D.L., Collins, S., Barret, R., Pollara, G., Marks, M., Logan, S. (2019) ‘Shortening duration of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy for complicated urinary tract infections a retrospective study’. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Conference.

Galligan, M., Verity, R., Pinnock, D., Hon, Y., Collins, S., Turner, G. (2019) ‘Evaluating the educational needs of advanced clinical practitioners within a specialist cancer centre’. Health Education England Advanced Clinical Practice National Conference. The Oval. 14th December. London. 

Steve Collins | The Royal Marsden School
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