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MPhil, BSc, RGN
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990 and initially worked in Accident & Emergency for 5 years before specialising in Intensive Care Nursing. I have worked in the ITU environment since 1995, initially as a Staff Nurse and rising to a Senior Sister. From November 2004 – November 2014, I worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator in ITU / HDU at the William Harvey Hospital, East Kent Hospitals University Trust. I had responsibility for the development of 40–50 staff of all grades to ensure high standards of care are given, and staff are competent in carrying out their role. I also worked clinically in my own right on a regular basis, either nursing at the bedside or managing the shift. I had a particular interest in competency assessments, acute renal failure and equipment competencies and documentation.
During my time as Clinical Nurse Educator I also helped set up a group of specialist nurses looking at improving and standardising the care of the critically ill child. This covered A&E, paediatric ward & ITU. I was also the falls link nurse for ITU and underwent a train the trainers session given by the Trust falls specialist nurse. This enabled me to deliver mandatory falls training to staff in ITU, including the use of the assessment form and the ways of reducing risk.
I was part of the Hospital faculty for simulation training and worked with the Trust Simulation lead on developing training sessions for ITU staff; ward staff and junior doctors with a view to providing multidisciplinary simulation scenarios from which staff can debrief and learn in a safe environment. In July 2014 I attended the ALERT (Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment) course for Nurses and Junior Doctors.
In November 2014 I left the NHS and commenced work as a supervisor with Somek and Associates. This involves mentoring expert witnesses and supervising their reports to ensure they are ready for submission to the solicitors.
Despite having left my substantial post in the NHS I continue to work as a band 7 Clinical nurse educator, in the ITU / HDU at the William Harvey Hospital (i.e. my previous substantial role) on a regular basis and continue to assist the current substantial nurse educators in developing staff of all grades, carrying out competency assessments and ensuring they are competent to carry out their role.
I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
2004 MPhil Medical Law
1999 ENB 100 (Intensive Care Nursing)
1998 BSc (Hon) in Nursing Studies 2:1
1995 ENB 998 (Teaching & Assessing)
1990 Registered General Nurse