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I qualified as a State Registered Nurse (later changed to Registered General Nurse) in 1974. Initially I worked as a Staff Nurse in various specialities to include Coronary Care and Intensive Care, before leaving the hospital environment in 1982, to embark on a career in community nursing. Starting out in 1982, I progressed from Community Staff Nurse, undertook District Nurse training and obtained a post as a District Nursing Sister, a post I held for three years. I then worked for twelve years as a Practice Nurse, in an innovative, six partner practice, where I had responsibility for setting up and running Asthma and Diabetes clinics, as well as carrying out other practice nurse duties. During this time, I also served as Nurse member for our local Family Health Services Authority and was Nurse member on a locally set up Medical Audit Advisory Group, both of which became defunct with the demise of FHSAs.
I returned to NHS employment in 1999, initially as District Nursing Sister, before moving into Chronic Disease management.
My main areas of interest continue to include Diabetes, but in my current role as Community Matron, my caseload contains patients with various long-term conditions, including COPD, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Much of the role involves providing education and support to both patient and family in the disease processes, as well as assessing, prescribing and initiating treatment when patients become acutely unwell, using clinical skills in the assessment process.
As Community Matron, I case manage the population on my caseload, working closely with, and referring where necessary to, other agencies, such as District Nurse teams, Social Services and GPs, to provide care which hopefully will enable the patient to continue to be managed within their own home. I also liaise closely with Palliative Care Services, as these patients have potentially life-limiting disease.
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.
2009 Independent Prescribing, New College, Durham
2007 BSc Nursing, University of Sunderland
1989 Practice Nursing Certificate, Newcastle Polytechnic
1984 National District Nursing Certificate, Newcastle Polytechnic
1974 State Registered Nurse (Now RGN), Sunderland School of Nursing