Sharon  James

Sharon James

Registered Nurse

Qualifications

Dip Adult Nursing

Specialisms

  • Prison Healthcare
  • Acute Ward Nursing
  • Risk Assessments Cannulation/Venepuncture

Introduction

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2006 and since then have gained significant experience across a number of clinical areas.

The majority of my clinical work has been based in acute hospital settings, initially in neurosurgery and then in a busy emergency department. This setting provided me with the opportunity to expand my skills of cannulation/venepuncture, plaster of paris application and suturing as well as completing a number of courses that enhanced my practice, including emergency and high dependency nursing, nursing mentorship and advanced assessment.

In 2013 I progressed to the role of clinical site coordinator, participating in a 24 hour clinical site management service providing clinical leadership, professional advice and clinical expertise to staff across the Trust. This position required me to regularly attend the hospital at night, liaising with the medical staff to ensure the smooth running of the trust, activating the hospital at night policy and responding to capacity trigger when necessary. I attended clinical capacity meetings and medical emergency calls, cardiac arrest and security/fire alert calls and I utilised my advanced clinical assessment skills to assist the ward staff in caring for deteriorating patients.

Since 2011 I have worked within prison healthcare as an agency nurse. I work as an independent practitioner in quite a volatile and challenging environment with approximately 1200 inmates from 19 years old upwards. The inmates have a wide range of ailments from chronic medical conditions to acute minor or major injuries.

Along with undertaking shifts in the prison, between 2018-2020 I was employed by a private company as a Clinical trainer delivering training to student nurses, registered nurses and GPs along with several other disciplines. Areas I train in include cannulation, resuscitation, suturing and risk assessment.

My most recent role is now back within the NHS working for a large London trust as their Deputy Lead Nurse for physical health in Offender care. I cover up 12 sites which include prisons, immigration removal centres, mental health secure units, courts and police custody. As part of the senior management team my role can range from co-ordinating investigation’s too providing clinical training on site.

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.