Dip - Higher Education Nursing Studies
- Critical Care
- Pre & Post Surgical Care
- PEG Feeding
I qualified as a Registered Paediatric Nurse in 2000 and began employment at the Trust as a Junior Staff Nurse within the Orthopaedic department before achieving promotion to a Senior Staff Nurse role in 2002. During my time within the Orthopaedic ward, I actively sought the opportunity to second to General Surgery for a period of 8 months. In both roles, on both wards, I was given the opportunity to lead a small team of nursing staff, and was responsible for ensuring a safe clinical environment was maintained, and safe nursing care was delivered to patients.
I was granted a career break from the Trust in 2006, and was fortunate to be able to work within the nursing profession in Australia for a period of 3 years. During this time, I was able to enhance both my knowledge and skills within different specialities and developed an insight into the diversity of nursing within a different country.
I returned to the UK in 2009, and was successful in securing a Senior Staff Nurse position on the Neurosciences Unit, and in 2011, I became the Clinical Nurse Educator. This position within the Trust enabled me to develop an understanding of some of the key issues surrounding individual educational needs, and I was able to work closely with nursing staff in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nursing team. I also became involved with the benchmarking group for Neurosciences. This provided a forum for open learning and I was able to build upon performance comparison, gap identification and review potential changes within the management process of patients.
My current role within the Trust is as Matron for the Division of Surgery & Critical Care. I commenced this post in July 2017. This role, in particular, has given me the opportunity to use effective communication to support the nursing team, performance manage individuals, and introduce vital changes to ensure that patients receive high standards of safe nursing care. As part of this role, I have been the designated Bed Manager for the Trust on several occasions, and although this has often proved to be a difficult task, I have always ensured that staff and patients are listened to, and any matters arising have been resolved quickly and effectively. I have more recently been asked to lead on a number of investigations into serious incidents, and have produced reports for the CCG as a result of these investigations. I have managed these investigations with a sensitive but thorough approach. Action plans have been developed and implemented.
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.