I am a qualified nurse with 22 years experience working across hospital rehabilitation, community and outpatient care settings. I graduated from University of Central England Birmingham with a degree in Adult Nursing in 1994, developing an early interest in elderly rehabilitation and tissue viability and wound care. I subsequently attained a Masters Degree in 2000 from Kings College, London studying Gerontology. I have been working in case management for the past 9 years and have experience of working with adults with brain injury, orthopaedic injuries, spinal injuries and other catastrophic injuries.
BSc (HONS) Adult Nursing – 1994
MSc Gerontology with Merit – 2000
ENB N18 – Professional development of nurses in leg ulcer management
Skills and Experience
I have extensive experience of caring for individuals with complex physical, psychological and social needs across the full range of care settings, from in-patient rehabilitation through to community care in the clients own home. My career has focused on the rehabilitation setting and in particular I have a passion for care of older clients and a special interest in tissue viability having spent 2 years as a tissue viability nurse, managing a leg ulcer clinic for some of this role.
I have significant experience of multi-disciplinary team work and have developed excellent skills in placing and coordinating multidisciplinary teams, guiding clients through the rehabilitation process including assessment, identification of needs, goal setting and review.
I also have experience of working alongside statutory providers in securing funding for support packages including recruitment and on-going management of large care teams for clients living in their own homes.
I have gained an in-depth knowledge of the litigation process and how case management relates to this process. I ensure I advocate for the client and their families and use my communication skills to keep all parties informed of progress with cases, always keeping the client at the centre of decisions made.
2007 – Present. Case Manager working with adults providing support, advice and co-ordination on cases involving brain injury and other physical and neurological conditions. I have particular experience of the recruitment and ongoing management of large nursing and care teams including coordinating rehabilitation programmes and working closely with multidisciplinary teams.
2008 – Present. Practice Nurse delivering clinical nursing skills including tissue viability and cryotherapy.
2005 – September 2007- Childminder- to assist with my own family commitments.
2002 – 2005 coordinator Physical Disability Support Service –This post involved the creation of a new service to support people with physical disability in the community, aged 18+. Client groups included adults with Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Spinal Injuries. My primary role here was to develop and manage the care assessment and treatment process.
2002 – Tissue Viability Nurse and Leg Ulcer Clinic Manager – working alongside the Tissue Viability Nurse Consultant providing specialist advice in wound care and pressure area care.
1998 – 2001 Professional Development Nurse – During this period I gained skills in training, audit, developing policies and risk assessment. I completed a research project into the causes of falls/ accidents, as part of my master’s degree.
1997 – 1998 Primary Nurse Day Hospital (rehabilitation) working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide community rehabilitation to older patients promoting independence and quality of life.
1995 – 1997 Community Nursing – providing home-based nursing care for adults and children with a variety of conditions including strokes, dementia, cancer, HIV and AIDS. Care given included assistance with medication and pain relief, catheter care, pressure area and wound care. After six months I was promoted into a Primary nursing post, with responsibility for deputising for the District Nurse and managing the team of Community Nurses.
1994 –1995 Staff Nurse, Elderly Rehabilitation developing my post-graduate assessment and clinical skills base, working with multi-disciplinary teams to gain an understanding of the rehabilitation process and the interface with social and healthcare teams in the community.
Registrations and memberships
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Case Management Society UK
Royal College of Nursing