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State Enrolled Nurse, MSc Neurosciences, Nurse Independent Supplementary Prescribing
I qualified in 1986, and shortly after qualifying I specialised in nursing patients with Neurological conditions. I have combined my clinical skills with strategic knowledge and leadership. I am currently one of the lead nurses in Pan London, who has shaped education for stroke nurses by developing core standards across acute and rehabilitation.
Within my present consultant nurse role, I am in the rare autonomous position of being able to work with patients and relatives, and also senior trust executives so that I can bridge the gap between patient and executive perspectives. This allows me to add value to patient’s pathways. My work with the CCG’s allows me to interact with agencies in primary care, looking at new ways of working and adding value to patients pathways, for example 7 day therapy working.
My role has developed to strengthen nursing leadership across the South East sector and advise on any clinical and logistical problems which may arise. I have developed advanced clinical skills; I am able to lead on patient management plans from acute intervention, to transfer of care decisions. I work with the entire multidisciplinary team and have advanced knowledge of a wide variety of clinical issues, including acute interventions, rehabilitation methods including continence, and nutrition. Engaging with voluntary agencies has allowed me to support the patients and their families in the community. Bidding for resources have been successful for training and teaching of relatives and carers.
I have worked with trusts including those in Wales to aid the units in becoming stroke units at credited levels, advising on training, education and staffing levels etc.
In addition, I am an honorary guest lecturer for the stroke module at the Nightingale Institute and Southbank University and am the lead nurse for the stroke module board meetings. I also lead on revalidation and action plans following educational reviews, ensuring staff knowledge and skills and resources are accounted for. I am a mentor for all senior nurses across London. Mentorship is a very important role to me, and I mentor advanced level student nurses as well as 6th form students and have been chosen as an ‘upstanding member of the community’ helping to shape the future of young people in the South East. Pre and post registration (including preceptorship) standards for learning and support are paramount to my role, and by supporting and leading the senior nursing team I am able to ensure good practice disseminates down through the tiers of nursing ensuring every nurse has a voice.
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.