Katie Christopherson
      • Katie Christopherson
      • Registered Nurse
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
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      • 01494 799999

Katie Christopherson

Registered Nurse

Qualifications

BN (Hons), MSc Wound Healing & Tissue Repair

Specialisms

  • Tissue Viability
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Complex Wound Care
  • Nursing/Care Homes
  • Nurse Prescriber

Introduction

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 having studied for a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Degree at the University of Liverpool. As part of my degree I completed the District Nursing Certificate and began my nursing career as a full time Community Staff Nurse in Liverpool. Within 6 months I was promoted to District Nursing Care Manager. 

During my time as a District Nurse I developed an interest in wound care and accepted a secondment in 1995 to the role of Nurse Facilitator for the Liverpool Leg Ulcer Project. I spent the next 12 months working with Andrea Nelson, a pioneer in chronic wound care research, supporting her research into the effects of an education package on district nurses’ management of leg ulceration. I was also tasked with developing a nurse-led community leg ulcer clinic to facilitate comprehensive, holistic assessment and evidence-based management of patients with non-healing lower leg wounds. 

I relocated to Huntingdon in October 1996 and continued my career in district nursing until February 1999, when my passion for all aspects of wound prevention and management took me into the newly created role of Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist at Hinchingbrooke. Whilst district nursing, I completed the ENB A42 course; Enhanced Practice in Tissue Viability, which equipped me in my new role. At the end of 2003 I moved to Trafford South Primary Care Trust as TVN.  I was responsible for developing a nurse-led Tissue Viability Service providing advice, support, inspiration and leadership to care providers managing individuals with skin care and wound care needs. I developed and delivered a competency-based educational programme covering wound assessment and management, leg ulcer assessment and management, and pressure ulcer prevention assessment and management. I also developed a number of evidence based guidelines and policies covering all aspects of tissue viability to integrate national guidance into local policy.

In July 2013 I left the NHS and took up my current role of Clinical Lead Nurse in the Independent Sector in a well-respected 34-bedded private nursing home. I am responsible for risk assessment and management, needs assessment and care planning, assessment of capacity and employment of appropriate best interests procedures and deprivation of liberty safeguards where appropriate, staff learning, education and development and clinical audit to ensure that individuals are treated with dignity and respect, their safety and well-being is promoted at all times and highest standards of care are delivered in line with expected regulatory benchmarks. 

I also undertake regular general nursing shifts via a nursing agency in both care home and hospital settings.

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.