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Career profile - Lesley Frater, advanced clinician, Tyne and Wear

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Job title Advanced clinician in general practice

Location The Galleries Health Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear

Qualifications MSc/AP, PgD/FC, PgD/Dep, BSc/Nursing, RNDip/HE

Why did you become a nurse?

I was working as a care assistant in a nursing home and believed I could do more for patients as a nurse.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?

I qualified in 2000 at the age of 43 and, in the first six months after qualifying, worked on an acute medical ward at South Tyneside Hospital. I then moved to City Hospitals Sunderland and spent the next three years working on an Emergency Medical Admissions unit, while doing some bank work on my days off in the A&E department.

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