Hello, my name is Ken Spearpoint and welcome to my blog site.
I qualified as a nurse in 1986 and after working in ICU & CCU, followed by a couple of years of clinical site management, I moved into the resuscitation world and took up my first post as a resuscitation officer in the UK in 1992. I became a nurse consultant in resuscitation in 2004 and led a resuscitation service until my retirement from the NHS in August 2016.
I now work as an academic (Principal Lecturer) in Post Graduate Medicine at the University of Hertfordshire, where I lead the MSc in Medical & Healthcare Simulation. Course details
I also work clinically, as a critical care nurse as part of the match day medical team at Millwall FC.
Hopefully folks will find it interesting and I warmly welcome any opportunities for lively debate.
I will post about those issues that are of the most interest to me, therefore they are most likely to cover ;
- Recovery from cardiac arrest – my current area of research
- Human factors/ergonomics in medical emergency care – because it is my view that we don’t pay nearly enough attention to human factors science in our education and training.
- DNACPR / advanced directives / ethical and legal issues – because this is really important and presents significant challenges in day-to-day practice
- Simulation-based medical education – because it is what I do mostly
I will leave the more technically focussed issues to the many excellent, well established web sites out there.
If you wish, you can follow me on Twitter > @K_G_Spearpoint Twitter