About Andy Martin
Andy has worked at the University since May 2015. He is a registered nurse with 15 years experience of working in various Emergency Departments locally and in the South of England. As well as continuing to teach on resuscitation council courses like ALS, EPLS and GIC, his background is in advanced practice, prescribing and simulation based education.
Andy's first encounter with advanced practice came while working in Leeds when a pilot course (which later became accredited by Leeds Metropolitan University), was undertaken being led by the Emergency Physicians and Geriatricians. This interest grew and was formalised by Andy gaining a PG Cert in Advanced Practice from Bradford University.
In 2013, Andy secured a post as the Lead Clinical Skills Educator at a local Trust. This involved primarily leading, co-ordinating and quality assuring the educational activity of a simulation centre. Andy assumed many roles throughout his tenure here from facilitating courses; acting as faculty leading debriefs or simply playing the part of a nurse in a simulation to ensure interdisciplinary learning.
Simulation based education has a strong emphasis on patient safety as well as nurturing the development of technical and non-technical skills. Human factors is an area of interest that helps to focus on the non-technical skills involved in any interaction between patients, healthcare professionals and the environment. Andy is keen to share his passion and interest of human factors and is currently developing, in partnership with a local acute trust, an educational application to aid raising awareness of human factors.
Andy currently leads on the following modules:
- Venepuncture course (half day skill)
- Intravenous cannulation course (full day skill)
- Electrocardiograph (ECG) course (full day course)
- Basic Observation part 1 (full day course)
- Basic Observation part 2 (full day course)
- Basic life support (BLS) and anaphylaxis (half day skill)
- Basic first aid (half day skill)
Andy currently teaches in to the following courses:
- Advanced Health Assessment Core (Level 7)
- Professional Development Advancing Practice (Level 7)
Andy's areas of interest are in developing human factors education. This is fast becoming an area for research and the impact it ultimately has on patient safety. In health care, we are still introducing the concepts of human factors and although there are many important lessons that we can learn from other high risk industries, on the whole they do not include patients'.