BLOG: From RGN To NMP - My Journey Of Career Development With Spectrum


substance misuse medical staff in uniform“In May 2021, I embarked on a transformative journey with Spectrum Community Health CIC as a trainee Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP) at the County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (CDDARS). This role was a pioneering development within the organisation, and alongside another colleague, I was one of the first to step into this new position. Despite my limited knowledge in the field, my deep-seated passion for addressing substance misuse propelled me forward.

My previous experience as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) on a general surgery ward exposed me to the harsh realities faced by patients struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies. I observed first-hand the judgement, stigma and health inequalities these individuals endured. Witnessing these injustices fuelled my determination to advocate for these patients, ensuring they receive the same dignity and respect as any other patient.

When I discovered the trainee NMP position, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to channel my passion into a specialised role. The team at Spectrum and CDDARS welcomed me with open arms, offering unwavering support and numerous training opportunities to help me grow. From completing my prescribing course at university to engaging in in-house training and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) drug and alcohol courses, Spectrum has been instrumental in my professional development.

Now, two years into my role as a qualified non-medical prescriber, I still find immense joy and fulfilment in my work. Every day, I am driven by the same passion that led me to apply for this position. The developmental opportunities provided by Spectrum have been crucial to my success, and I firmly believe that more of these roles should be available to nurture and grow dedicated professionals.

Working with Spectrum is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to make a real difference. Spectrum offers a nurturing environment that promotes continuous growth and development. The organisation is committed to providing extensive training opportunities and support to help you reach your full potential. Whether it’s through university courses, in-house training, or specialised programmes, Spectrum ensures you have the tools and knowledge you need to excel.

I take great pride in the work we do at CDDARS and am honoured to be a part of the Spectrum family. This journey has not only enhanced my skills and knowledge, but also reinforced my commitment to advocating for and supporting those affected by substance misuse. Together, we are making a difference, one patient at a time.

If you are passionate about making a meaningful impact and looking for a supportive environment that fosters growth and development, I highly recommend considering a career with Spectrum. The opportunities here are boundless, and the work we do is incredibly rewarding. Join us and be part of a team that truly makes a difference.”

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