Somek & Associates' Jessica Thurston, Head of Medico-legal Operations and...
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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice , BSc Health Studies , Advanced Dip in Adult Nursing
I qualified as a nurse in 2004 and currently work as a Vascular Nurse Specialist Practitioner within an arterial unit in West Yorkshire. I chose to specialise in wound care in 2006 and ran a leg ulcer clinic for a number of years before heading up a brand new Tissue Viability Nursing team in a busy acute hospital.
My areas of specialism include leg ulcer management – including correct diagnosis of aetiology and correct management strategies in complex and pathway crossing cases (for example venous ulceration complicated by arterial disease and heart failure); pressure ulceration and prevention; complex wound management using advanced therapies; debridement of wounds; vascular disease and the non-medical management of these.
My current role focusses on the diagnosis of vascular conditions and the management of these within a multi disciplinary team.
My training and education at both degree and Masters level have been surrounding advanced clinical assessment and decision making, wound care, leg ulcer management and pressure ulcer prevention including masters level training for wound debridement, which was expanded to include hydrosurgical debridement and I am regularly called on to support surgical debridement using this technique.
I have attended multiple conferences and been invited to specialist panels for my advice and opinion on wound care products and therapies. I have been published on multiple occasions in peer reviewed journals surrounding wound care and wound assessment.
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.