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DipHE Nursing Studies, BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, Dip Forensic and Legal Medicine
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in March 1999 and started my career working on a General Surgery ward. I was appointed as Senior Staff Nurse in September 1999. In November of 1999 I was asked to join a team moving to open a new General Medical ward and remained there until November 2001 when I was approached to apply for the position of Sister/Clinical Nurse Specialist in Urology. I was appointed into that post which involved assisting medical personnel with invasive urological procedures, nurse-led clinics, administration of intravesical chemotherapy (directly into the bladder), and providing inpatient and outpatient clinical expertise. Urology remains an area of interest to me.
In June 2002 I was appointed as Clinical Site Manager and took on the role of Lead Clinical Site Manager in December 2003. I was responsible for leading the Clinical Site Management team in the delivery of out-of-hours clinical and operational leadership within an acute general hospital, throughout the whole patient journey. As part of this role I provided clinical support within the Emergency Department, and critical care outreach support for all wards and departments within the Trust. Specialities covered include General Surgery, General Medicine, Urology, Orthopaedics, and Gynaecology. I also provided task-orientated clinical support to the junior doctors, including clinical support and leadership at all cardiac arrest, trauma and emergency calls. We are also required to attend and manage all security incidents. My role involved ensuring the implementation of Trust objectives, local and national clinical policy, Care Quality Commission standards, and the achievement of benchmarks and targets at local, regional and national level. Clinically, much of my time was spent in the Emergency Department. Given the locality of the hospital, we were also heavily involved in the provision of care to patients transferred from the annual Glastonbury Festival. The Clinical Site Manager role also involved direct liaison with the Festival Medical Services and the Bronze Command for the local Ambulance Service Trust.
In addition to this role, I also work as a Forensic Nurse Practitioner within Avon and Somerset Constabulary. This role involves clinical assessment and forensic examination of detained persons within the police custody environment. In June 2013 I also worked at the temporary police custody at the Glastonbury Festival site.
Until last year, and since October 2005, I worked part-time for a private ambulance company which provides medical cover and pre-hospital emergency care at organised mass gatherings and events. This work involved running a medical centre for spectators at major cricket clubs, football stadiums and events arenas, as well providing medical support to participants in sporting events, film productions and the England Netball team. For a period of several months, we also provided sub-contracted assistance to a regional ambulance service trust responding to 999 emergency calls.
In February 2015 I was appointed as Director of Clinical Services in a private sixty-bedded hospital. I also assume the roles of Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Safeguarding Lead, and Caldicott Guardian as well as overseeing all clinical services delivered.
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.
2013 Msc Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Planning and Management, Buckinghamshire New University
2013 Diploma in Forensic and Legal Medicine. Teesside University
2001 BSc Hons Nursing, University of Bournemouth
1999 Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing, University of Plymouth