BSc Professional Clinical Practice, Diploma in Adult Nursing
- Acute Ward Nursing
- Pre-op assessment
- Medical repatriation
- In-flight nursing
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2002. My field of clinical specialty is acute and interventional Cardiology, with the majority of my full time hospital based practice working as a Deputy Charge Nurse of a tertiary centre coronary care unit, and latterly as a Deputy Charge Nurse of the cardiac catheter laboratories. My background in cardiology has required the administration and monitoring of anticoagulant therapy. This has been for the most part associated with patients with mechanical heart valves and irregular rhythms and I have also looked after many patients with DVTs and PEs and other clotting issues that have required both oral anticoagulants and also intravenous therapy. I have also worked extensively in Cardiothoracic surgery, both in the high dependency and ward settings.
Whilst working in coronary care I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Clinical Practice with the clinical modules relating to acute cardiac care. This then led to me taking a seat on the University of Brighton Academic Board for the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery. This involved the evaluation of courses and reviewing student feedback.
I took a very active role in teaching on the introduction to cardiology course, which was attended by all new nurses to the Sussex Cardiac Centre. I am passionate that education and peer support can achieve great results for patients and professionals alike. As well as working in the cardiac setting, I have also worked in many other clinical areas since qualifying, and have sound medical and surgical ward nursing knowledge as well as experience in emergency care.
Since leaving my full time NHS post I have remained on the hospital nurse bank and I regularly work in critical care areas and more recently in a specialist ITU. I have also worked for a repatriation company and I perform commercial repatriations of patients from overseas locations back to the UK. This requires international travel, patient assessment and escorting on flights. In addition, I spent over 4 years running a service from our family home where we supported 2 young men with complex physical and learning disabilities. We managed a team of care staff and allied professionals to promote independence, improve health and to create opportunities. As well as hands on practice, my role was to write comprehensive care plans, policies and risk assessments.
My full-time role now is as the co-owner and medical director of a medical assistance company. As well as overseeing the commercial operation of the business, I am actively involved in the case management and coordination of international transfers of patients by commercial airline and air ambulance jet.
I accept instruction 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.