Somek & Associates' Jessica Thurston, Head of Medico-legal Operations and...
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MSc Advanced Nursing Practice, RGN
Since qualifying as a UK registered nurse in 2007, I have worked for a leading NHS acute and community healthcare provider. During this time I have gained a broad range of clinical skills through working in hospital settings - on acute medical and admission wards, within specialist leg ulcer clinics and also in the community.
In 2011, I was appointed to the position of Tissue Viability Nurse (TVN), providing specialist advice to patients under primary, secondary care and in nursing and care homes. Delivering high quality patient care and reducing pressure ulcer incidence are the main priorities in my current role.
During my postgraduate professional training at the University of Bradford, I developed advanced specialist skills in wound care and pressure ulcer and leg ulcer management which enables me to provide expert advice on complex tissue viability cases. Having been taught by leading TVNs, I have developed confidence in managing the most challenging cases including ‘hard-to-heal’ wounds and leg ulcers. I gained experience in applying advanced wound healing technologies and in performing sharp wound debridement. Working alongside the diabetic foot multi-disciplinary team, the dermatology department, the vascular services, the plastics specialist service and the burns outreach nurses has enhanced my specialist skills.
Pressure ulcers have always been an indicator of the quality and safety in care settings. Within my role, I often have involvement in adult safeguarding cases concerning vulnerable adults and I take on the responsibility for investigating serious incidents. I have undertaken additional formal training for these aspects of my role.
I am committed to raising the profile of the role of tissue viability nurses within the organisation and supporting the development of the TVN team. I am also responsible for delivering training to a range of healthcare professionals across the Trust and have developed experience in mentoring student nurses.
In addition, I am fluent in both Bulgarian and Russian.
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 Witnesses.