- Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Acute Neonatal Transport Service
I qualified in 1988 as a State Enrolled Nurse. In 1993 I completed the Registered Nurse conversion course and went on to qualify as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 1997. Currently I work as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. I work on the medical rota alongside a medical team delivering Intensive and Special Care to sick and preterm newborn babies. We are a level 3 Tertiary Neonatal Unit covering the East of England. We are a centre for body cooling for babies with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy and also carry out surgery. We have a highly skilled team of nurses and doctors and as ANNP’s enhance the team to deliver care. As an ANNP here I cover the neonatal unit (both intensive & special care side) and also the delivery unit and postnatal wards. I undertake neonatal jaundice clinics and early neonatal follow up clinics.
My ANNP qualification enables me to carry out highly specialised care for the unit, incorporating venepuncture, chest drain insertions, intubations, and all aspects of care that are required. I also teach the new medical staff on the unit and support them with procedures when necessary. I have also worked as part of the Acute Neonatal Transport Service (ANTS) and provided care to the east of England when needing to transfer sick babies around the region. I still provide transport cover when the service requires emergency transport for capacity reasons.
I have successfully completed the Nurse Independent Supplementary Prescribing programme in March 2017, this qualification allows me to prescribe generically but specifically for Neonates.
Prior to this I worked at Northampton General Hospital on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where I was the lead nurse for Northamptonshire on the CESDI Project 27/28(Confidential Enquiry Stillbirth & Death in Infancy) and worked on the project alongside Consultant Paediatricians, Coroners and Pathologists. I was also involved in the National Patient Safety Awareness (NPSA) Infection Care Bundle from NICE (National Institute Centre Excellence) which has now been produced as a guideline for staff across the UK to use when giving antibiotics to sick newborn babies. Northampton was a centre for UKOS (United Kingdom Oscillation Study). I was the lead Nurse for the project at Northampton. I went to Holland for Oscillation training to enable me to become an expert practitioner in commencing oscillation on a sick neonate. I also specialise in teaching Newborn Life Support (NLS). I am a generic instructor and teach in many hospitals across the UK.
I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors. I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.
ENB 405 Special & Intensive Care of the Newborn
GIC Newborn Life Support Course
1997 A19 ANNP (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)
1993 BA Hons Nurse Degree
1988 Nurse Training, Thomas Guy & Lewisham School of Nursing