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BSc Professional Clinical Practice, Diploma in Adult Nursing
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2002. My field of clinical specialty is acute and interventional Cardiology, with the majority of my 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. 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 lead 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 have always been enthusiastic to mentor newly qualified staff nurses and student nurses, as well as supporting student doctors learning in clinical practice. 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.
My main role now, however, is in the private sector. I work as the Clinical Services Manager for a Medical Assistance and Repatriation company. This role requires analysis of medical reports, making calls to overseas physicians, producing comprehensive medical updates to clients and coordinating commercial repatriations and air ambulance transfers. I am also required to fly overseas to repatriate patients back to their home country for readmission and ongoing care. This requires autonomous practice whilst working in the unique setting of a commercial airliner.
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, risk assessments and to run training sessions. This required close collaborative work with a variety of other specialties.
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.