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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 and 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 and secondary care. 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 am also experienced in applying advanced wound healing technologies. 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.
As a qualified nurse prescriber, my greatest responsibility is focusing on patient assessment and utilising evidence-based wound care products. Recent changes I have introduced to clinical practice have enabled community nurses to avoid the unnecessary use of antimicrobials like topical and systemic antibiotics. This has reduced the patients’ risks of developing antimicrobial resistance, improved patient safety and massively curbed operational costs for the healthcare organisation.
Delivering high-quality patient care and reducing pressure ulcer incidence continues to be my priority in my current role. I am committed to raising the profile of the role of tissue viability nurses within my organisation, supporting the development of the TVN team. I am also responsible for delivering training to a range of healthcare professionals across the Trust.
In 2019 I received the “Making a Deference Award” from a leading NHS acute and community healthcare provider for commitment to providing high quality healthcare.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.