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RN, Post Graduate Diploma in Management
In 1977, I qualified as a registered nurse. I then began my career working as a registered nurse in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary. I worked as a staff nurse and sister on the Cardiothoracic unit for 7 years and completed the Intensive Care Course.
In 1984, I started working in the Independent sector for BMI at their flagship hospital, the Alexandra Hospital. I worked on the wards and in the Intensive Care unit. During my time here, I was promoted to sister in 1985 and senior sister in 1991. I took on the role of Intensive Care Manager in 1996 and held this post until 2008. In 2008, I became the Manager of the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills institute, a post which I held for 2 years. I then returned to Alexandra Hospital to manage the Critical Care Unit, an area of Nursing which I love and feel passionate about. My main passion is that patients should receive quality care delivered by highly trained staff with the correct resources in line with best practice and standards.
In 2013, I started working as an associate Director of Nursing and was responsible for several ward areas as well as the Intensive Care Unit. This included staffing, recruitment, capacity management, HR issues, staff training and development. I was the Lead Co-ordinator in other areas such as resuscitation, pain management and infection control. I also took a major role in the hospital’s preparation for our CQC inspection. I was very involved with all types of clinical governance issues – incidents, complaints, root cause analysis and audit. I have written many root cause analysis reports and as an author of these reports, I have been a witness in Coroner’s Court. I have participated in meetings with Clinical Commissioning groups and in the development and achievement of our CQUIN’s. I was also the hospital lead for adult safeguarding.
In September 2016, I decided to return to clinical nursing, and now work again as a sister in the Critical Care Unit. I care for patients following all types of major surgery and also medical patients who require a higher level of care.
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 the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.