Somek & Associates' Jessica Thurston, Head of Medico-legal Operations and...
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BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Critical Care, MSc Health & Social Care, BSc Non-Medical Prescribing
I qualified as a registered nurse in 2005 and spent most of my nursing career in a critical care environment. Although currently working part time as a practice nurse, my main expertise for medicolegal work remains in critical care, as I continue to work regularly via hospital locum work within the Intensive care unit (ITU) and High dependency unit (HDU).
During the Covid pandemic, I worked full time as a critical care sister in a general intensive care unit under a re-deployment role. This aspect of my work gives me a broad range of skills and knowledge looking after complex patients and recognising the deteriorating patient.
Clinically I am competent in ventilation, airway safety and management including tracheostomy care. I am competent in the insertion of nasal gastric feeding tubes and can manage both these and other forms of feeding tubes. I have experience with invasive lines, cannula insertion and taking blood samples. I regularly complete risk assessments and implement care to prevent falls and pressure ulcers. I have experience with all aspects of bladder, bowel and nutritional needs, including female catheter insertion.
Currently I am working part time as a practice nurse within a GP surgery, conducting consultations with patients for a variety of illnesses and ailments. This includes conducing a variety of clinical skills such as taking patient observations, ECG’s, blood sampling, child and adult immunisations and cervical smears. I am a practising non-medical prescriber and competent in wound assessment and management.
Additionally, I work as an advance practitioner for the neurology department performing lumbar punctures for diagnostic testing.
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.