About the Advanced Nurse Practitioners
In December 2019, the practice embarked on a journey to expand the clinical team at the practice to include Advanced Practitioners.
Advanced Practitioners are professionals who have undertaken additional Advanced Clinical Skills and Assessment training and are often able to prescribe certain medications to patients, where appropriate.
They are also able to request tests and can refer onto specialist colleagues in secondary care if required, in the same way as doctors at the practice can.
They work as part of the wider multi-disciplinary practice team to ensure that the needs of the patients are met by the most appropriate Healthcare Professional for their condition.
What can they Treat?
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are able to see and treat a wide variety of health complaints, an example of some are:
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory tract infections
- Skin complaints, including acne
- Emergency contraception
- Throat infection/tonsillitis
Meet the Team
Alan Davidson, our Lead Advanced Nurse Practitioner, was the first to join the team in December 2019, with Angela Auld, Eleanor McIntosh and Heather Watters joining shortly later. Like all of the other staff at the practice, the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Team members work at both surgery sites.
Alan DavidsonLead Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Alan Qualified in 1995. His career to date has involved working as an Anaesthetic nurse, A&E/Trauma Care and Pre-hospital Care. His most recent post prior to joining the team at Taymount/Scone in 2019 and was in Urgent Care as part of the Perth & Kinross Out of Hours Service where he worked alongside GPs for 15 years. Alan has also worked as a Unit Nurse for TV and Film production companies. Outside of work, he enjoys anything outdoors, travel, music, gadgets, technology and cinema.
Angela AuldAdvanced Nurse Practitioner
Angela has been qualified as a Nurse for 17 years and has worked with us since August 2020. She has extensive experience in emergency nursing, having worked in many A&E departments both in the UK and in New Zealand. Her work as a rural nurse specialist in NZ gave her the inspiration to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
Eleanor McIntoshAdvanced Nurse Practitioner
Eleanor qualified as a nurse in Perth 1988. She has a background of Accident & Emergency and Minor Injury nursing prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner in General Practice in 2005. She joined the practice team in November 2020. Eleanor has a special interest in respiratory illness. She is usually found behind a book in the kitchen or entertaining grandchildren when she’s not at work.
Heather WattersAdvanced Nurse Practitioner
Heather qualified in London in 1991 and has been working in General Practice in Scotland since 1994. She has a special interest in respiratory care and women's health. She has been part of the respiratory teaching team at NHS Education for Scotland since 2018 and joined the practice team in August 2021. When not at work you will find her up a hill or behind a camera lens.
Making an Appointment
Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners are booked in the same way as other members of the clinical team and the reception staff will routinely offer you an appointment with one of them if you are presenting with a condition felt to be within their scope of practice.