- General & Surgical nursing
- Forensic Nursing
- Elderly Care
- Pressure Ulcer Prevention
I have been a qualified registered general nurse (RGN) and mental health nurse (RMN) since 1987. I am a qualified mentor and nurse tutor- (C&G 7307 Further Education Teachers Certificate Stage1/2). My career has spanned many varied fields of nursing including surgical nursing, mental health substance use and toxicology, emergency care (A&E) and medical jurisprudence and offender health. I worked as a toxicology nurse specialist in both A&E and for Sussex Police. In addition, I have experience of conducting detailed clinical forensic physical examinations and assessments and providing both forensic samples and professional witness statements for Court.
I have worked as a senior nurse leader and hospital Modern Matron within the specialism of elderly care medicine and rehabilitation. I was seconded for a year whilst in this role to work with the trust corporate team and executive board as a clinical lead to implement the national quality metrics and patient safety agenda.
In 2014, I was employed as a Quality and Patient Safety Manager in the South East of England. This role focussed on the governance surrounding the reporting, analysis, lessons learned and action planning following any serious incident that may have caused harm or potential harms to patients within NHS care. Within my role I also conducted investigations and ensured that NHS providers follow both Being Open principles and the more recent ‘Duty of Candour’ legislation to patient’s families and carers. I was accountable to the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) and the regional patient safety team for NHS England. I was involved in a number of national steering projects involving the root cause analysis and development of reporting protocols for patients who:
· Sustain harm following a fall
· Develop Grade 3-4 pressure ulcers in NHS care
I am a nominated Health Foundation Q Member (Patient Safety Fellowship/Quality Initiative), and from 2014 to 2015 I was the Kent Surrey and Sussex Quality and Patient Safety Collaborative (KSSPSC) Regional Clinical Lead for the Pressure Damage Workstream leading on the implementation of revised risk assessment and care planning.
Currently I am employed as the Head of Clinical Governance and Patient Safety for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I also investigate serious incidents and teach Root Cause Analysis/Management of Serious Incident and Duty of Candour at a regional level on behalf of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Quality and Patient Safety Collaborative.
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.