Helen O'Connell
      • Helen O'Connell
      • Registered Nurse
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      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
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Helen O'Connell

Registered Nurse


RN, BSc (Hons) Independent Practitioner


  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care
  • Independent Prescriber


I qualified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in 2010 and for over a decade I have been consolidating my skills and knowledge, working as an ANP in a busy GP surgery. Prior to this I spent many years gaining as much varied experience as possible in various nursing roles.

My first staff nurse job was on an acute surgical ward where I spent two years consolidating my training.  I then worked on a paediatric ward for four months before moving to Canada where I spent my first year working on a surgical unit, then transferred to the emergency room where I successfully completed the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support qualification.  This enabled me to travel further and I secured a role as a nurse in a cruise company.  I spent just over a year working for P&O/Princess cruises and enjoyed the challenge of carrying out my role with limited resources, sometimes days from land.

Following this I returned to the UK and worked as an agency nurse, initially in many of the A&E departments in and around London.  I then changed direction and began working as a community nurse.  From there I took a permanent  role with a GP surgery and did all the necessary training to work as a practice nurse.  I soon realised that working in this setting was right for me and in 2007 I began studying for an advanced practice degree.

In my current role I am responsible for seeing patients of all ages with a wide variety of undifferentiated health problems.  This includes history taking, clinical assessment, ordering of tests, referral to secondary care, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care. I also manage and prescribe medication within my scope as an independent nurse prescriber. 

Early in 2020 I was proud to be awarded the professional title of Queens Nurse. The prestigious Queen’s Nurse title is bestowed by community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute.  It is a formal recognition that I am part of a professional network of nurses committed to delivering and leading outstanding care in the community. 

During the early lockdowns of 2020 I realised there was a gap of information available to clinicians around social prescribing.   To resolve this problem I set up a community interest company www.treacle.me.  Treacle is a one stop service directory for the 20% of patients we see in primary care who need social rather than medical care and advice.  It is now a fully commissioned service in two areas of the UK and runs with four staff members.  In recognition of this work I was a finalist in the Royal College of Nurses, Community and Primary Care, Nurse of the Year award in 2023.

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.