Ricardo qualified as a nurse in 2012 and has gained a broad range of experience since then. After qualifying, he worked for East Kent University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) in different areas such as Theatre, ENT and A&E either as permanent staff or bank. As an agency nurse, Ricardo had opportunities to work in different hospitals and trusts, and gained further experience in General Medicine and General Surgery.
In 2014, Ricardo joined a Master Programme in Advance Practice within Canterbury Christ Church University with a view to develop his knowledge and career. With this in mind, at the end of 2015 Ricardo left the acute setting to work with Forensic Nursing in the prison setting, where he worked until 2018 when he joined Connect Health. During his time as a Forensic Nurse, Ricardo worked autonomously between running Long term Conditions Clinics and acting as a First Responder for emergencies.
His passion for rheumatology started in the early days of his student life, when Ricardo worked with a very inspiring rheumatology nurse consultant. In this student placement, Ricardo learned the basis of his future career and since then he has been working hard to enhance his knowledge about different rheumatology conditions and to provide the best care possible for his patients.
Ricardo started working for the Connect Health Community Rheumatology team in April 2018 as a Developing Specialist Rheumatology Nurse and he is looking forward to independently running clinics very soon. He is also aiming to complete the Master Program and to become an independent non-medical prescriber.