Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Non-Medical Prescriber
My clinical experience spans over 25 years and includes gynaecology wards and out-patient department, colposcopy clinics, ambulatory hysteroscopy clinics, fertility clinics. During this time I have kept my general nursing skills up to date by undertaking nurse-bank shifts and locum agency shifts on acute medical wards,
orthopaedics wards and general surgery.
As an autonomous practitioner, I worked in partnership with other healthcare professionals, providing person-centred, evidence based care to ensure high quality service delivery. With a range of clinical competencies and a willingness to undertake expanded practices relevant to the scope of practice required I can be a
fundamental asset to the team.
Current: Locum Registered Nurse
February 2021 – current: NHS hospitals nurse agency shifts (surgical assessment units, acute medical assessment units, surgical and orthopaedic wards).
March 2020 – January 2021
Working in the channel island of Jersey.
Contracted to work on the Covid wards at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic from March to May 2020 before I was asked to set up a Covid-19 staff screening clinic working for Public Health Medicine. This involved training non-clinical staff to undertake PCR swabs and serology screens as requested by the deputy medical officer. Duties included co-ordination of regular staff screening performing PCR swabs and serology testing, managing a small team and setting up a small clinic laboratory to pack and batch samples for transportation to the on-islands COVID-19 laboratory.
Working closely with the track and trace team, appointments team to co-ordinate testing clinics and gather statistical data to inform policies and guidelines.
December 2018 – February 2020
HealthHarmonie PLC (Private Community Healthcare Provider for the NHS)
Clinical Nurse Manager (Gynaecology, Dermatology and Minor Surgery) Band 8b
Working as an autonomous practitioner in gynaecology, managing my own caseload. Clinical Nurse Manager for a group of dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialists, band 5 nurses and healthcare assistants working within the community minor surgeries clinics and dermatology clinics
• Nurse-led Gynaecology follow-up clinics
• Review of long-term conditions, medication and pathology and histology reports
• Plan and agree treatment and management plans with the patient
• Prescribe treatment and requesting any investigation as deemed necessary
• Educate patients on managing their long-term conditions effectively
• Give advice and guidance to G. P’s and other members of the clinical team
• Management of the Clinical Nurse Specialists and support workers
• Conducting clinical bi-annual reviews, yearly appraisals and monthly clinical supervision sessions.
• Chairing the quarterly nurse forum
• Infection Prevention and Control Lead. Auditing current practice and adherence to local and national policies and guidelines.
• Safeguarding Adults Lead. Investigating and reporting any concerns to the local authority safeguarding adults leads and named safeguarding children’s’ leads
• Clinical auditor for all gynaecology clinic reports send to the GPs
• Triaging all gynaecology referrals coming into the service
• Responsible for the review and writing of clinical policies
• Working in collaboration with the clinical governance and quality team to improve clinical pathways and implement new innovations.
Created a new role for healthcare assistants to be trained as surgical assistants in minor surgical procedures increasing the clinical support workforce and solving staff shortages. Setting up a new multi professionals nursing team steering group to develop and implement innovative care pathways for consistent patient care, implementing best practice from national nursing evidence base and guidelines. Creating an effective clinical nurse rota, tracking and recording travel expenses and mileage allowing for timely submission of rotas to the finance team and real time expenditure for nurse budgets. Active involvement in policy writing and implementation of clinical processes which was instrumental in the company receiving an overall Good CQC rating in the recent inspection. Improving the company’s star rating from 2.5 to 4.5 since the introduction of friends and family patient surveys that are completed in real time and available to patient groups with no access to the internet, fostering an all-inclusive culture.
14/07/2006 – 02/12/2018
Solihull Hospital University Hospitals Birmingham (NHS)
Senior band 5 staff nurse (2006 – 2010)
Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist (March 2010 – November 2018)
• Clinical examination, diagnosis and treatment/management plans for a group of patients referred to Urogynaecology services by GPs and other Healthcare Professionals
• Request/perform diagnostic tests when appropriate
• Referral to other health care professionals when appropriate
• Part of the multidisciplinary team.
• Auditing own work and conducting service reviews periodically
• Non-medical Prescriber within Gynaecology. Prescribing and review of medication
• Managing junior staff, conducting yearly staff appraisals and performance reviews
• Nurse-led urodynamic studies clinic
• Budget holder for Gynaecology out-patient department
• Involved in recruitment and retention of staff
• Involved in developing evidenced-based guidelines and standard operating procedures.
• Submission of monthly and quarterly departmental infection control and equipment reports.
• Ensuring departmental and organisational policies and procedures are adhered to.
• Assists in out-patient diagnostic flexible cystoscopy clinics and intra-vesical Botox treatment for the management of over-active bladder
• Managing the nurse-led vaginal prolapse and bladder pain clinics and triage clinics for new patients referred into the service
• Teaching female patients to perform self-catherization (in and out catheter)
Education and qualifications
Coventry University (January 2016 – September 2020)
PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice – Pending Award (level 7)
Modules passed: Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Clinical Practice;
Advanced Practice; Independent studies; Research Methodology; Clinical Leadership.
Coventry University (January 2010 – November 2010)
Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing – Awarded a Merit
Birmingham City University (2008 -2009)
Contemporary Clinical Practice in Continence Care (CPD module) – Pass – level 6 credit
Coronation Nursing College (January 1991 – July 1995) Johannesburg South Africa
Diploma in Nursing Science (General Nursing, Midwifery, Community Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing) –
U.K Professional Registration: Registered Nurse Adult and Non-Medical Prescribe