Dip HE Children's Nursing
- Paediatric Nursing
- Emergency Department/A&E
- General Wards
- Post Surgery Care
I became a Registered Sick Children's Nurse in 1999 and have gained significant post registration experience, largely in acute paediatric services but also latterly in the Emergency Department as a paediatric lead and paediatric site practitioner.
On two occasions in the last 5 years I have assisted units to prepare for a CQC inspection, once as a matron, and once as a ward sister. On the first occasion, the department received a 'good' rating, and my role was mentioned in the report as being a positive influence on the department. The second achieved 'requires improvement', but then on a later inspection 'good' evidence that the suggestions made were put into place. I have also introduced various patient safety measures in the last 3 years, including a 'sepsis' sticker, and electronic forms for the treatment of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis).
During the course of my work I have developed collaborative working and negotiating skills enabling me to analyse situations and prepare a plan of action. I have used these skills to promote proactive care and change. For example, I set up the paediatric day surgical unit at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. I was instrumental in the redesign of the ward of which I was Manager at Chelsea and Westminster, ensuring that it was fit for purpose and future proof. Whilst at Imperial, I reduced the nursing staff vacancy rate from 33% to 3%, helping to implement the new nursing rotation programme, and received a commendation from the finance director for my understanding and use of the figures and finances to do this.
Currently, I undertake regular clinical shifts as a paediatric ward or emergency department nurse via an agency. Working in a variety of locations and with different members of staff has further enhanced my nursing practice with me needing to ensure I am familiar with local policies and procedures. I am increasingly aware of how they can differ from one Trust to another.
In 2000, I undertook the City and Guilds 7307 qualification in teaching, which has enabled me to teach and mentor throughout my career.
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.