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RGN, State Certified Midwife, National Diploma - District Nursing, Independent & Supplementary Prescribing
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1979 from Glasgow Royal Infirmary gaining experience as a staff nurse in the surgical admissions ward. I then trained as a midwife, qualifying in June 1980. After practising as a midwife - gaining experience predominantly in the delivery suite and post natal units, I moved into community health. My role combined both general nursing and community midwifery practice. During my time in this role I successfully gained the National Diploma in District Nursing. My role as a district nurse/midwife enabled me to gain extensive experience in managing patients in their own home and in the GP practice environment. I developed my nursing skills in the care of patients with long term conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, MND, post CVA, respiratory conditions such as COPD and diabetes. Since this time, my skills in community nursing have continued to develop and I have extensive understanding of wound management, diabetes management, administering medicines, palliative care, and care of the elderly patient. My midwifery experience included managing women throughout their antenatal, delivery and postnatal experiences. I subsequently gained clinical skills and qualifications in managing the premature infant and completed a neonatal intensive care course.
I decided to travel and spent two years working in an intensive care baby unit in the Middle East. This included intubating and caring for these infants some as young as 24 weeks gestation. I moved to Australia in 1987 and although I initially continued to work in Neonatal Intensive Care, I then gained experience in the teaching department with specific responsibility for the new graduate programme in a combined role. I also gained experience in school nursing and health visiting, this allowed me to expand my understanding of child development. It was also in Australia that I gained specific qualifications in sexual and reproductive health becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Womens Health. Since 2003 I have held a variety of posts both clinical and managerial in community health and the care home sector. From 2010 until 2013 I spent time as a General Manager in the care sector and developed my understanding of the statutory regulations that ensure safe care for frail elderly residents. This role gave me skills in safeguarding, regulatory requirements (CQC) and allowed me to continue with teaching basic nursing care to the staff in the nursing homes. From 2003 I have continued to practise clinical skills in wound management, palliative care, administering medicines, assessing complex health needs, negotiating for funding for packages of care for patients to remain at home (Continuing Health Care) diabetes care, and care of long term conditions such as COPD, MS, MND. I have mentored less experienced nurses and those undertaking training.
Most recently I have become the Named Nurse for Adult Safeguarding across all sites of a large teaching hospital. This work involves reviewing cases where patients are identified of being at risk and co-ordinating a multi-agency approach to protecting vulnerable adults.
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 Civil procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.
December 2011: Kings College, London: Pg Dip in Advanced Practice (Primary Care)
September 2003 - August 2004: De Montfort University, Leicester: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
September 1999 - June 2002: Brunel University via London School of Theology: BA (Hons) in Theology
September 1997 - December 1997: Family Planning Association, NSW: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
March 1997 - May 1997: Family Planning Association, NSW: Nurse Practitioner in Sexual and Reproductive Health
July 1985 - November 1985: Eastern College of Nursing and Midwifery, Glasgow: Neonatal Paediatric Nursing Certificate
September 1982 - August 1983: Bell College of Technology, Hamilton: National Diploma in District Nursing June 1979 - June 1980: Highland College Nursing and Midwifery: State Certified Midwife
February 1976 - April 1979: Eastern College of Nursing and Midwifery: Registered General Nurse