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MSc, BSc (Hons), RGN, Independent & Supplementary Prescriber
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990 and initially worked in general medicine and coronary care for 5 years before specialising in Accident and Emergency Nursing in 1993. I became a nurse practitioner in 2001 and specialised in the autonomous management of minor injuries and illnesses and have experience in the initial management of more serious illness and trauma. I have worked in two Emergency Departments – one rural and one inner, in which the latter I took on senior positions and qualified as a nurse practitioner.
I now work in a variety of urgent care settings including urgent care centres, and minor injury, walk in centres and OOH GP service and have recently started as Advanced Clinical Practitioner in a rural GP practice. I work 20 hours a week clinically in practice. I have been an active non-medical independent and supplementary prescriber since 2007. I have held Clinical and Operational lead positions between 2012 and 2016. I have always worked closely with my medical colleagues to ensure high standards of patient care at all times and know when to seek advice, discharge safely or refer either urgently or to an outpatient specialist.
I have worked in a variety of education and practice development roles both of which advocate high standards of nursing practice, I have developed competency packages and am aware of how research and guidance are utilised in practice. I have taught and managed a wide range of Allied Health Professionals and nurses at university level the principles of history taking, patient examination, documentation and diagnostic reasoning. I have developed clinical pathways, standards and policy, overseen clinical governance issues including CQC compliance, complaints and incidents at a clinical and strategic leadership level. I have experience writing reports and talking publicly at conferences, on local radio and patient case and governance meetings.
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 Witness.