My role at Trethowans as Medical Records Nurse Assessor involves reviewing client’s medical records and providing concise summaries for the legal professionals in the team. I am able to give an initial outline of the issues within the case, suggesting relevant clinical specialities to be involved reviewing the case. I then prepare the medical records to be sent out to the medical experts. This involves putting records in chronological order, numbering the pages and preparing indexes. The experts really appreciate a well-prepared set of medical records.
I often join the solicitors in meetings with the clients when appropriate. I am warm and friendly in my approach and really like meeting the people who I am working for. I am able to ask questions regarding the case to support my reports and clarify issues identified.
I am a Registered Nurse (RGN) who qualified in 1979 and has had many years of experience in acute hospital settings at a senior nurse level. For the 16 years prior to leaving the NHS I was Trauma Nurse Specialist in a Major Trauma Centre. I joined the Trethowans Personal Injury Team in 2015 as Medical Records Nurse Assessor.
Alongside my NHS work I have extensive experience working freelance as a Flight Nursing Officer for the Marine Advisory Medical and Repatriation Service – repatriating ill & injured Merchant Navy crew all over the world.
In the past I have been a long-term Trustee and past Chair of Headway Southampton. During that time one of my close relatives sustained a serious brain injury in a Road Traffic Collision.
In addition to my RGN qualification I have a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Trauma Practice, a Specialist Practitioner Award in Adult Trauma and an Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate (ONC).
As my former role involved a lot of education I also have a City & Guilds Certificate in Adult and Further Education Teaching. I was an Advisor to the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome & Death – Seri-ously Injured Patient Study. I was honoured to be chosen as one of only two nurses count-ywide.
In 2005 I won the Lord Mayor Treloar and Gauvain Memorial Book Prize for my services to Trauma & Orthopaedic nursing in the South East and Channel Islands.
I was responsible for the development and management of a unit for patients with mild to moderate brain injury patients within a Trauma & Orthopaedic setting.
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Away from the office
I love international travel and am very well travelled. I have a very long list still to cover!
I am a keen photographer and am currently improving my skills on a course hoping to see improvements in my travel and wildlife images in the future. I enjoy singing in a local Community Choir and performing in concerts supporting many different charities. The range of music is very varied which is exactly my style.