Maxine Harrison

MSc, BSc, DipHE, NMC, RCN, BMAS

Medical Acupuncturist and Nurse Practitioner

I have been a Registered Nurse for nearly 30 years, qualifying in 1994 with a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) from the University of Coventry and a few years later completing my Nursing Degree.  During my career I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including surgical /medical wards, Coronary Care, Intensive Care and Acute Cardiothoracic Surgery.  During this time, I progressed in my Nursing roles as a Sister and then a Clinical Nurse Specialist whilst also completing an MSc, achieving a distinction in Advanced Clinical Practice.  I also qualified as a Non-Medical Prescriber.

In 2014 I started work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) on the Cardiothoracic unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. This was a challenging and rewarding time involving caring for patients after cardiac surgery, including patients who had undergone heart and lung transplant.  As well as being the ANP Deputy Team Leader, I also lectured as a faculty member for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS).

2018 saw a major shift in my Nursing career and after 24 years of working in acute healthcare I started work in a GP surgery as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, assessing, diagnosing and treating patients, often dealing with complex issues and serious illness. Here I developed one of my interests in perimenopause and menopause and I completed further training in the management of these conditions with the British Menopause Society.

My interest in Acupuncture developed from observing the challenges and difficulties in managing chronic long term conditions and persistent pain in primary care.  I became interested in finding ways that could help without the need for medication.  I discovered there is very good scientific evidence that Acupuncture can help with many conditions and that Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the treatment of chronic pain, tension headaches and migraines. This led me to start my training in Medical Acupuncture with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), completing their foundation course in Western Medical Acupuncture.

As a Nurse and Medical Acupuncturist, I am evidence based in my treatment.  I attend regular training courses to ensure that I uphold my continual professional development and meet the requirements of my governing bodies; the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).  I continue to work in General Practice as a Locum Nurse Practitioner.

In my spare time I have a busy family life and enjoy hill walking, skiing and being outdoors in general. I used to be a keen runner and have completed two marathons, six haIf marathons and numerous 5 and 10K races. I love cooking (and eating) and spending time with my family and grandchildren.

Compliment:

Dear Maxine

Many thanks for your extraordinary patience with me at my recent consultation. It was worth the wait to have someone listen to my concerns and offer answers for my questions. I left the clinic feeling very positive about my experience and giving thanks for the NHS. You are a real credit to the NHS. Lynne.