Michelle Caton-Richards
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    Michelle Caton-Richards

    Registered Nurse

    Qualifications

    MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice , PG Cert Independent Prescribing , Dip HE Adult Nursing

    Specialisms

    • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
    • Experience in Accident & Emergency
    • Minor injuries
    • Triage nurse
    • Phlebotomy

    Introduction

    I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2003 and started work in the day surgery unit. I began my accident and emergency career in 2004. I have worked in many different emergency departments in London, Surrey, Berkshire and Lincolnshire, a deliberate attempt to gain as much varied experience as possible. I have managerial experience as a senior sister/team leader in the emergency department. This role involved taking charge of the department ensuring timely throughput of patients without compromising care, responding to arising problems, and ensuring my staff were supported and happy. I also line managed a small team of nurses, which involved sickness management, appraisals, problem solving and being a support mechanism, for personal problems as well as professional.

    I currently work for Somek and Associates as an associate trainer. This role involves providing quality assurance and training to new associates, to develop their role as a confident and competent expert witness. I also continue to maintain my own expert witness work through Somek and Associates.

    Clinically, I work as a locum advanced/emergency nurse practitioner (ANP/ENP). This autonomous role includes: history taking, examination, diagnosing and treating adults and children with a wide range of minor injuries and minor illness.

    I am also involved in the roll out of the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service within the Primary Care Networks. My role in this project involves teaching community pharmacists nationwide how to take a detailed history from patients, and how to undertake various clinical skills. My other current role is as a Covid vaccinator, assisting in the vaccination programme in my local area.

    I also took a year out of nursing in 2009 to work as long haul cabin crew for British Airways. This gave me a new attitude to 'customer service', something I brought back with me to my work in the NHS. It also gave me an opportunity to experience many different cultures and cultural differences. During my time as cabin crew I was involved in many medical incidents on board the aircraft.

    I keep myself updated, through attending courses and ensuring that I am aware of developments in my field through reading and researching evidence based practice. I have had articles published in the Emergency Nurse Journal and in 2018 spoke at a conference at the Royal College of Physicians to medical negligence solicitors. Academically, I have completed several post graduate modules at various universities, and completed my MSc in advanced practice with distinction in 2020.

    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.

    Professional Affiliations

    Nursing and Midwifery Council
    Royal College of Nursing