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Post Graduate Diploma in Law , BSc Hons Health Sciences
In 1997, I qualified as a registered nurse and obtained a Higher National Diploma from the University of Natal (South Africa), (Higher National Diploma in Midwifery, Higher National Diploma in General Nursing, Psychiatry and Community Health Nursing). In my first role in South Africa, I was the Sister in Charge on Night Duty of orthopaedic and neurosurgery wards for 2 years. I was responsible for the management of staff of varying grades ensuring high standards of care were delivered, and staff were competent in their roles. I provided nursing care whilst managing the shift.
After relocating to the UK, my subsequent role was in a prestigious private central London hospital as a staff nurse, working in the areas of orthopaedics and neurosurgery.
In December 1999, I left for Guernsey in the Channel Islands and commenced a post working on acute surgery and general medical wards. Hospitals in the Channel Islands adopt NHS practices and follow NICE guidelines.
I was then offered the opportunity to undertake a 6 month secondment to the Harley Street Clinic in April 2006. Along with caring for general surgical patients, I assisted with the pre and post operative care of cosmetic surgical cases, including patients undergoing breast augmentation, reduction and reconstruction.
Within my current role, I have gained significant experience in dealing with incident reporting, managing complaints and carrying out risk assessments. I ensure that high standards of care are maintained and adhere to local and NHS policies and NICE guidelines. I have experience of monitoring services through audit. In 2003, I was promoted and appointed as the bleep holder (most senior person on site after hours, during weekends and bank holidays). I provide leadership and guidance to registered and non-registered nurses and constantly act as a role model to provide expert advice and education to nursing staff and patients. I have experience of mentoring staff embarking on post registration courses.
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.
Royal College of Nursing
Nursing and Midwifery Council