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Ambra is living the dream

Ambra is living the dream

Date of release: 16 March 2023

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Ambra Righetti

Swapping Genoa for Wolverhampton might seem ‘pasta joke’ to some but it’s changed an Italian’s life for the better – and her patients.

Despite exchanging the Italian Riviera for the canals of the Black Country, Ambra Righetti is riding the crest of a wave after becoming the first Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) on the Children’s Ward at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

An independent practitioner, Ambra works across clinical, education, leadership and management and research, and is on the doctors’ rota.

Ambra carries out the initial assessment of patients, their treatments, prescribing of medication, all of the investigation work, and then follows the patient working alongside the multi-disciplinary team.

“It’s a really nice role because it bridges the gap between the medical and the nursing teams and you feel a full part of the patient’s journey,” said Ambra.

Ambra covers the 26-bedded Ward A21 at New Cross Hospital and its Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU), a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same.

“We cover everyone from day one up to 18 years of age,” said Ambra. “We look after children with acute illnesses but also chronic and very sick too, so they might have a long-term stay with us.”

Her own journey has been a varied one. She came to the UK from Italy as a Staff Nurse in January 2015 as part of a recruitment drive of European nurses, starting on the Trust’s Children’s Ward.

“Genoa is a very pretty place, but coming here, everything has worked out completely brilliantly,” said Ambra, 30, who lives in Birmingham. “My husband Davide is a sales engineer and moved over too.

“After a couple of years, I started to look after students and I really liked teaching, so I managed to get a joint teaching post funded by the Trust and Coventry University.

“I did that for three years, then about three years ago, I started my trainee paediatric ACP post, a new role within the unit which involved studying for a Master’s degree. 

“Literally everyone has been amazingly supportive towards me and the development of this role. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the team.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, she finds her work extremely fulfilling. “It’s absolutely amazing because you get to follow the patient from the very initial assessment,” added Ambra.

“The tiny little things are the best, like having a laugh and the banter with the children.”

Ambra is proud of her achievements – “my biggest so far was becoming the first ACP here,” she says – but it doesn’t stop there.

She has two trainee ACPs – Chantelle Hall and Grace Boulton – who are into their third year of training.

Working with Reena Bibi, Practice Education Facilitator, Ambra won the best scoring abstract voted for by allied health professionals in the latest Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Paediatric Educators’ Special Interest Group (PeDSIG) meeting, and she won the Training Hero (clinical) category in the annual West Midlands School of Paediatrics PAFTA Awards in 2021.

Ambra also introduced the region’s first face-to-face paediatric advanced practice study days, attracting more than 50 people. She remains ambitious for her team and the specialty.

“I’d like to expand the ACPs team and grow the reputation of the paediatric ACP role – I’d like people to look at us and say ‘they’ve got a really good programme for ACPs and I want to work there’,” she said.

Kirsty Lewis, Senior Matron, Children’s Acute Services at RWT, said: “We’re so proud of everything Ambra has achieved so far.

“She’s a shining example of how the nurse role can evolve over time. The ACP course offers a brilliant opportunity for nurses to develop their skills further to support the medical workforce in our wards and departments.

“Ambra is also a brilliant example of what the NHS can gain from overseas recruitment – the richness of skill, knowledge and diversity which they bring cannot be underestimated.”


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