A Glasgow Royal Infirmary consultant nurse has become one of only three in the country to be honoured for his work in driving up nursing standards across Scotland.
Dr Mark Cooper, Consultant Nurse - Advanced Practice, received the a ‘Special Recognition to Advanced Practice’ award from Acute Care Advance Practice (ACAP) Scotland.
The group is the body for Scotland’s growing number of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs).
Mark received his accolade from his peers for his contribution to Advanced Practice Nursing in Scotland over the last decade.
On a national level, he has worked on the Scottish Government Chief Nursing Officer’s Modernising Nursing Careers initiative as well as current Transforming Roles work.
Within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Mark has been developing and teaching ANP courses in addition to driving forward further improvements in advanced practice.
Mark said: “I was delighted to receive this award, especially given the fact that this is the first year it has been given out by ACAP Scotland.
“My role as a Consultant Nurse is to lead the strategic development of the ANP role within the board and work with neighbouring boards to foster collaboration and support. I’m also involved in teaching ANPs and developing research projects related to the role.”
ANPs are highly experienced and educated nurses able to assess, investigate, diagnose, and prescribe. There are more than 125 ANPs working across the NHSGGC board area in roles ranging from primary care through to intensive care.
ACAP Scotland is an established forum with the purpose of facilitating an arena for discussion, enabling sharing of best practice, providing educational opportunities, and importantly providing links between advanced practitioners and major stakeholders.