Nicola Heaps
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    Nicola Heaps

    Registered Nurse

    Qualifications

    MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care), RGN, PGC Clinical Research, ENB 100

    Specialisms

    • ​Medical and Surgical nursing; post-operative management
    • Acute illness management
    • Advanced practice.

    Introduction

    I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and began my career working in a general critical care unit where I gained ten years' experience caring for a broad spectrum of patients with surgical and medical conditions. Following this I took a post establishing a critical care outreach service across the division of Heart and Lung. This post enabled me to gain experience of managing critically ill patients in a ward environment, expediting timely transfer to critical care and facilitating measures aimed at preventing avoidable deterioration.

    I completed an MSc in Advanced Practice Health and Social Care in 2007, a Non-medical prescribing course in 2010 and post graduate certificate in clinical research in 2011. I have worked clinically as an Advanced Nurse practitioner in acute care settings and have extensive experience in Cardiothoracic and general surgical acute nursing practice. 

    I have experience implementing NICE guidance, developing and implementing policies and conducting local, regional and national audit / surveillance. I have undergone Root Cause Analysis Training and have experience in incident and disciplinary investigations.

    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 Education
    2011    Masters in Clinical Research, Manchester University
    2010    Nurse Independent / Supplementary Prescriber
    2007    MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care), Salford University
    2003    Social Sciences - Understanding Social Change & Introduction to Law, The Open University
    1995    ENB 100 Critical Care Nursing
    1993    Registered General Nurse, South Manchester College of Nursing