Independent Travel Clinic

What: An independent travel clinic and consultancy business

Who: James Moore – Director and Clinical Nurse Specialist

Background: The Exeter Travel Clinic began in 2008 when clinic director James Moore, decided to combine his love of travel and healthcare. With a background in Emergency Nursing and qualifications in Travel Medicine and Tropical Nursing, James felt that there was a place for a specialist travel clinic where individuals can get advice from well trained staff who also have experience of working and travelling abroad.

James’s links with travel and expedition medicine are wide and varied. From being a past Honorary Secretary for the British Global and Travel Health Association, to a current member of the Medical Cell at the Royal Geographical Society. He is one of the authors and Editors of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and co-director of the UK’s first post-graduate diploma in Wilderness and Expedition Medicine, at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Approach: Protection

Location: Exeter

Speciality: Travel health and expedition medicine

What initiative or project are you involved in?

The clinic provides a dedicated travel medicine service, offering a range of interventions; from off-site services, to travel groups with specific needs, through to on-site appointments for individuals.

The clinic acts as a resource for local GP surgeries and practice nurses, whilst at the same time providing travel medicine study days across the UK.

In addition to the vaccination services, the clinic also provides travel health consultancy advice for a range of business, companies, schools and colleges across the country.

Working with a local GP, the clinic has also developed and launched a special expedition and travel medicine study module for medical students at a local medical school.

What prompted the work?

With more people travelling abroad there was a requirement to give access to advice, vaccinations and medication for the prevention of malaria.

How did you initiate the work?

Initially I studied travel medicine and tropical nursing whilst working as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. At the same I got involved in a number of expeditions, providing leadership and medical skills across the globe, from the Jungles of Papua New Guinea through to the mountains of Nepal. Lots of study, combined with plenty of experience in the field naturally lead to a business plan and the rest, so they say, is history.

What difference has the project or initiative made?

I think the clinic has made a huge difference to the level and quality of travel health advice available here in the Southwest. Not just from the clinic itself, but through the help, support and training we are able to provide Practice Nurses across the region.

Travel medicine is a fascinating subject and, when taught properly and practiced well, can be a very motivating and positive addition to a nurses CV.

What are the long-term objectives?

To continue to develop the services we offer whilst maintaining the high quality of patient care we currently provide.

I would also like to develop the training we provide via the clinic, in a range of areas such as expedition first aid (something we currently provide through a partner company – Phoenix Medical Training), and an academic module in travel medicine for those undertaking practice nurse study.

However, the priority is offering the best possible service through the development, motivation and training of a great team of nurses.