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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. My current role is that of Senior Discharge Specialist Matron at a large district general hospital in Berkshire. I lead a team of discharge specialist nurses and care coordinators who support and facilitate patient discharge across the hospital. I work closely with external stakeholders, including adult social care, community hospitals and continuing healthcare to ensure that all patients are discharged from hospital in a timely, effective and safe fashion.
I have been instrumental in ensuring the Government guidelines on patient discharge during the COVID-19 pandemic have been adhered to and am working to embed the good practice learned during this time, into the hospital business as usual processes.
I work closely with the clinical site team, ensuring that patient flow and capacity is maintained and that any concerns are managed appropriately.
From March to October in 2019 I was seconded into the Lead Nurse for Adult Safeguarding and Learning Disability role. I worked with the hospital teams to ensure any concerns of a safeguarding nature, including domestic violence, modern slavery, and adult abuse, were investigated fully, and patient safety maintained. My knowledge of safeguarding adults and deprivation of liberty safeguards is comprehensive, having been part of strategy meetings and worked closely with the local adult safeguarding boards to ensure learning from serious case reviews were shared Trust wide. I also have investigated and supported 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 worked with and managed the clinical nurse specialist for learning disabilities and was able to commence work on a pathway for people with learning disabilities when they are admitted as an emergency to hospital.
My role prior to March 2019 was as matron for medicine for older people. I worked within the medical directorate having responsibility for four acute elderly care wards; the staff and the day to day running of the ward areas. As part of my role, I had operational responsibility for the development of the frailty pathway, recruitment of appropriate multidisciplinary team members and design of the pathway. I have recently relinquished the operational responsibility for falls prevention work on the site. As part of this role, I completed an NHSi collaborative which lead to the development of a new multi-disciplinary falls assessment which is now used Trust-wide. I have expertise in clinical assessment with significant experience of working in acute NHS hospitals.
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.