Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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MPH, RGN, ENB 329
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1984, and obtained a Master in Public Health in 1997. I currently work as a Nurse Consultant where I am responsible for the infection prevention and control programme for an integrated healthcare provider NHS Trust covering acute and primary care. I manage a team of two specialist nurses, a surveillance nurse, a healthcare assistant and an information officer. A significant part of my clinical duties includes assessment and application of policies and guidelines to ensure optimal clinical practice.
The Trust has achieved a CNST level two accreditation, a positive assessment from the Care Quality Commission and has a good reputation both regionally and nationally for historically low levels of healthcare-associated infection.
I have represented Infection Prevention Control Practitioners nationally and internationally as President of the Infection Prevention Society (formerly the Infection Control Nurses Association). I am a member of the Department of Health (England) Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated infections and have worked as a member of improvement teams from the Department of Health for reducing MRSA and C. difficile infections. I currently chair the Education Committee of the Healthcare Infection Society.
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.
2012 Master of Research NIHR Studentship (in progress), University of Manchester
1997 Master of Public Health, University of Birmingham
1994 Diploma in Risk Management, Open University
1992 ENB329 (Infection Control) and Cert. Prof. Studies, University of Manchester / English National Board
1991 Diploma in Nursing, University of London
1984 Registered General Nurse, Medway Hospital / ENB