Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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PG Dip in Bar Vocational Studies, LLB (Hons), Health Visiting Diploma, Registered Midwife, RGN
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987 and was a Staff Nurse on an Ear, Nose and Throat ward. This was a specialist ward covering all aspects of pre and postoperative care for Tracheostomy, Laryngectomy and Facio-maxillary surgical patients (adults). In 1990 I qualified as a Midwife.
Since 1991 I have worked as a Public Health Specialist (Health Visitor) and have predominantly worked in socially deprived areas with populations that have high identified health needs. Child protection cases have been numerous during my career and I have first hand experience of dealing with all aspects of abuse: neglect, sexual, physical and emotional. As a key professional I am well practised in submitting and presenting Case Conference reports that inform the decision making process. Additionally I am trained to identify 'children in need', under the terms of the Children Act 1989 and framework assessment.
Assessing babies and children for developmental needs (speech and language, gross motor delay, signs of developmental hip dysplasia etc) is central to my work as a Health Visitor. I run regular child health clinics where parents can seek advice and support regarding all aspects of parenting ( growth and development, nutrition and behaviour management.
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.
2011 Post Graduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies, College of Law, Called to the bar 13th October 2011 at Gray’s Inn
2007 LLB (Hons) Open University (in conjunction with College of Law)
1995 MSC: RESEARCH AND EVALUATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, North East Surrey College of Technology
1991 Health Visiting Diploma, West London Institute of Higher Education , Isleworth, Middlesex
1990 Midwifery, Brent and Harrow School of Nursing
1987 RGN, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool and Flyde School of Nursing