Alison Hutchings

Medical Records Nurse Assessor, Accidents and Injuries

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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.

 

Areas of Expertise

Major Trauma
Musculoskeletal Injury
Orthopaedics
Head Injury
Nursing
Aviation Medicine
Hospital Clinical Incident and Morbidity and Mortality reviews, Complaints management, Writing best practice standards, guidelines and protocols and monitoring compliance with those.

Areas of Expertise

Major Trauma
Musculoskeletal Injury
Orthopaedics
Head Injury
Nursing
Aviation Medicine
Hospital Clinical Incident and Morbidity and Mortality reviews, Complaints management, Writing best practice standards, guidelines and protocols and monitoring compliance with those.