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LLB (Hons) Law, BSc Nursing
I qualified as a nurse in 2002 and subsequently I have gained considerable experience of all areas within medical nursing. Currently I am the Matron for Medicine for older people at a large district general hospital in Berkshire. I work within the medical directorate having responsibility for four acute elderly care wards; the staff and the day to day running of the ward areas. This includes day to day nursing of older people, recognition of the deteriorating patient, working with acutely unwell patients and those who are more stable but frail with multiple co-morbidities, pressure ulcer prevention and ensuring effective discharge planning is carried out.
As part of my role, I have had operational responsibility for the development of the frailty pathway, recruitment of appropriate multidisciplinary team members and design of the pathway. This role involves working with stakeholders, including CCGs, the regional ICS, social services, patients and carers to ensure that the pathway fulfils its aim to ensure patients are treated in the best possible way in the best possible environment.
I also have operational responsibility for the falls prevention work on the site and have recently completed an NHSi collaborative which has lead us to develop new falls assessment and guidance paperwork that is to be launched trust wide this year, following successful pilots. This work includes chairing the falls strategy group, including ensuring the most appropriate people attend, supporting the Patient Safety Team with investigating falls where serious injury is sustained and contributing to any action plans that come out of these investigations.
I have expertise in clinical assessment with significant experience of working in acute NHS hospitals, including being part of the adult safeguarding team for the last four years. My knowledge of safeguarding adults and deprivation of liberty safeguards is comprehensive, having been part of strategy meetings and working closely with the local adult safeguarding boards to ensure learning from serious case reviews are shared Trust wide. I also investigate and support staff with investigating allegations of a safeguarding nature within the Trust and work with ward staff to ensure that those who may be subject to a deprivation of liberty safeguard are treated with privacy and dignity whilst ensuring their safety in the hospital environment.
I accept instruction 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.