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Profile - Diane Dunn.

Name: Diane Dunn Age: 46 Job title: Single point of access co-ordinator/nurse practitioner Where do you work? Newcastle General Hospital, employed by Newcastle and North Tyneside Community Health What does your job involve? We are a single point of access for rehabilitation and intermediate care services in Newcastle.

As a nurse practitioner I carry out clinical assessment of patients in both the community and hospital to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate intervention in the most appropriate setting.

This may be in a hospital or community bed or supported by a community team at home.

On July 5, 2010, we are launching self-referral which will enable people who are struggling to manage day to day activities to refer themselves to the team for assessment and advice, referrals can also be made by relatives or carers.

For further information or to make a referral contact us on 0191 256 3869.

What are the most important qualities you need for this type of work? You need to be quick thinking and confident in your own decision making. You also need very good communication skills.

How long have you been in this profession? I started my nurse training in 1981 Where did you train and what did that training involve? I initially trained as an enrolled nurse from 1981-1983. Following a conversion course I qualified as an RGN in 2001, I completed my degree in nursing practice at UNN in 2004 and the RCN nurse practitioner award with St Martin's College, Lancaster, in 2006.

Why did you decide to do this job? It was a new service when I started the role in 2007 and I was keen to be involved in the development of the team.

What do you like best about it? It is a challenging job and every day is different. What do you like least about it? Often not enough hours in the day. What's your favourite film and book? I loved the film How to Train a Dragon!

I have no real favourite book, I love reading and will read anything.

How would you spend pounds 1m? I would look after the family and maybe buy my own coffee shop!
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2010
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