Michelle Caton-Richards
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    Michelle Caton-Richards

    Registered Nurse

    Qualifications

    PG Cert, Non Medical Prescriber, DipHE Nursing Studies

    Specialisms

    • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
    • Experience in Accident & Emergency
    • Minor injuries
    • Triage nurse

    Introduction

    I qualified as a General Nurse in 2003 and started work in the Day Surgery unit.  I began my Accident and Emergency career in 2004.  I have worked in many different emergency departments in London, Surrey, Berkshire and Lincolnshire, a deliberate attempt to gain as much varied experience as possible. I also took a year out of nursing in 2009 to work as long haul cabin crew for British Airways. This gave me a new attitude to 'customer service', something I have brought back with me to my work in the NHS. It also gave me an opportunity to experience many different cultures and cultural differences. During my time as cabin crew I was involved in many medical incidents on board the aircraft.

    I am currently self employed. Clinically, I work as a locum advanced/emergency nurse practitioner (ANP/ENP). This autonomous role includes:- History taking, examination, diagnosing and treating adults and children with a wide range of minor injuries and minor illness; X-ray requesting and interpretation; Phlebotomy and interpretation of results; Applying splints and plaster of paris; All aspects of wound care and closure, including suturing; Giving discharge advice, written and verbal; Arranging appropriate follow ups with specialists, General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, District Nurses; Referring to the Senior Doctor in the event that the potential diagnosis is outside my sphere of competence; Ensuring patients are happy with their plan of care and responding to questions and concerns.

    My other roles include working as an expert witness, teaching at university as a guest lecturer, quality surveillance for NHS England and as a volunteer for a prematurity charity.

    I also have managerial experience as a senior sister/team leader in the emergency department. This role involved taking charge of the department ensuring timely throughput of patients without compromising care, responding to arising problems, and ensuring my staff were supported and happy. I also line managed a small team of nurses, which involved sickness management, appraisals, problem solving and being a support mechanism, for personal problems as well as professional. 

    I keep myself updated, through attending courses and ensuring that I am aware of developments in my field through reading and researching evidence based practice. I have had articles published in the Emergency Nurse Journal and have recently been asked to speak at a conference for medical negligence solicitors. I am currently studying for my MSc in advanced practice at St Georges University of London, with plans to publish my research in an international emergency medical journal.

    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.

    Professional Affiliations
    Nursing and Midwifery Council
    Royal College of Nursing

    Professional Education
    Current MSc Advanced Practice: Prescribing, St George's, University of London
    2014 V300 Non-medical prescribing, St George's, University of London
    2014 PGCE- Health care Practice, St George's, University of London
    2005 Dip HE Adult Nursing, Kingston University