Helen Oakes
      • Helen Oakes
      • Registered Nurse
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
      • 01494 792711
      • 01494 799999

Helen Oakes

Registered Nurse

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) Law, BSc Nursing

Specialisms

  • Elderly Care
  • Falls Prevention
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Safeguarding
  • Discharge Planning

Introduction

I have considerable experience of all areas within medical nursing.  I currently have operational 
responsibility for the frail elderly pathway within the Trust. This includes the Frailty Unit, a day unit designed for admission avoidance, working closely with GPs, members of the multi-disciplinary team, Clinical Commissioning Group, Social Services, voluntary organisations and other healthcare professionals. I am also responsible for two acute elderly care wards, providing high quality patient care to those who require a higher level of medical care. My expertise here includes day to day nursing, recognition of the deteriorating patient, working with acutely unwell patients and those who are more stable but frail with multiple co-morbidities. I also am responsible for the escalation ward within the Trust, ensuring that appropriate patients are placed there and continue to receive optimum nursing and medical care whilst on a temporary ward area.

I have expertise in clinical assessment with more than 10 years experience in working in acute NHS hospitals, including being part of the adult safeguarding team for the last four years. My knowledge of safeguarding adults and deprivation of liberty safeguards is comprehensive having been part of strategy meetings and working closely with the local Adult Safeguarding Boards to ensure learning from Serious Case Reviews are shared Trust wide. I also investigate and support staff with investigating allegations of a safeguarding nature within the Trust and work with ward staff to ensure that those who may be subject to a deprivation of liberty safeguard are treated with privacy and dignity whilst ensuring their safety in the hospital environment.

I would consider my areas of expertise to be:

  • Elderly care nursing, including reduction of falls, management of pressure tissue  damage, end of life care, recognition of the deteriorating patient and simple discharge planning
  • Complex discharge planning including Continuing Healthcare Assessments, health needs assessments and working with social care colleagues
  • Assessment of frailty and responding to the findings
  • Safeguarding and deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Disciplinaries, investigations and competency management
  • Operational day to day running of wards and of the medical department, including capacity management and patient flow
  • Liaison with CCG and key professionals and members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Risk assessment and management of incidents, including serious incidents
  • Admission avoidance and complex case management

I accept instruction 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.