Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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BN (Hons), MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
I qualified as an RGN in 2009. My nursing career has encompassed both primary and secondary care gaining many years of experience delivering advanced, palliative and fundamental care to adults. I have gained professional experience in many areas of nursing contributing to excellent advanced nursing knowledge and continued professional development in management and leadership. My professional interests include critical care, long term invasive ventilation, spinal injuries, emergency care and primary care.
Currently, I am a director of my company JP MEDASSIST LTD providing locum Advanced Practitioner Nursing and research consultancy to Primary Care/GP Practices across the UK on a daily basis. Prior to establishing my independent company I worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and research lead in General Practice and helped gain the practice a level 2 research affiliation awarding as one of the top 10 GP practices in Wales.
Before this I worked in secondary care as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the critical care environment caring for patients’ hospital wide with life threatening and urgent care complications ensuring the right treatment at the right time. Within this role I managed a team of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and developed a training package for hospital and primary care doctors and nurses on the deteriorating patient. As a team we were the awarded winners in the category of improving patient safety in the Welsh Health Board awards.
I have also gained experience as a specialist long term invasive ventilation team leader, leading a team caring for patients with spinal cord injuries in the community. This role enabled me to provide packages of care to hospital patients, transferring them to their own homes with a 24 hour care package, promoting quality and dignity of care. Within this role I was awarded as a dignity ambassador by the Welsh Health Board.
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.