The Royal Marsden School has run a physical assessment course for over 10 years. In this time the course has changed and developed to meet the needs of students. It is a hugely popular course drawing on a range of skills from physical examination, clinical decision making and case-based learning.
From this academic year the teaching team has increased to three Lecturer Practitioners. Each bring a unique set of skills and clinical backgrounds to the course.
Janice Barrett (pictured centre) joined The Royal Marsden School in 2015 as a Lecturer Practitioner, having previously taught on various courses run within The School as part of her clinical role. She has worked clinically as a nurse for over 25 years in a wide range of specialities, including intensive care, critical care outreach, resuscitation, aeromedical transfers, general practice, cardiac rehabilitation and expedition medicine. She has specialised in critical care outreach in the past few years and has an interest in caring for deteriorating patients in the ward environment. Her specialist interests are in high fidelity simulation, case-based learning and she regularly instructs on advance life support courses.
Tessa Renouf (left) has previously studied at The School for a diploma and MSc in Advanced Practice in Cancer Care, which enabled her to become an advanced nurse practitioner. She has worked at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust for just over 11years in a variety of settings, most recently as Lead Sister of the Admissions and Pre-assessment Unit. Tessa continues to work part-time in pre-op assessment and as the Clinical Site Practitioner. Her interests are in pre-operative assessment and the skills of advanced assessment.
Danielle Pinnock (right) is the newest member of the team, having previously worked clinically for 28 years. For the last 22 years she has worked at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, working up from junior nurse to sister in Critical Care. She brings with her previous academic and teaching experience on topics ranging from courses on foundation in critical care and the transition from ward based nursing to critical care. Danielle’s specific interests are the psychological impact of intensive care units on patients and their families, which she researched for her MSc dissertation. Burns and HIV are other areas of particular interest.