I trained in 1984 in Dudley and after I qualified I worked in medicine, orthopaedics, ITU and surgery in Dudley Group of Hospitals. From 1997-1998 I worked in Leominster Community Hospital and its nurse led minor injuries unit before returning to Dudley to work as an Anticoagulant and Thrombosis Clinical Nurse Specialist managing over 5000 patients on anticoagulation. In 1998 I set up one of the first services to discharge patients from hospital with deep vein thrombosis, this expanded to deliver a nurse led DVT diagnostic service.
In June 2009 I moved to the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Anticoagulation and Thrombosis Consultant Nurse. Since my appointment the Trust anticoagulation service became one of the top 5 in the country on DAWN benchmarking. I again helped set up Nurse Led DVT Diagnostic service whilst helping to develop the new DAWN DVT module and am nurse lead for the Trusts VTE Prevention Programme; ensuring compliance and HAT VTE RCA’s are completed, co-writing Trusts anticoagulation and VTE guidelines.
Since 2010 I have worked in NICE on various groups including the VTE Guideline Development Group CG 144; then their first Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of VTE, NICE VTE Quality Group, and Update Guidelines and have been an Expert Advisor for some years.
I have been invited to the House of Commons to the All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group and attended and presented at meetings on both VTE and Anticoagulation. I have attended many International Symposiums for thromboembolism and published a range of articles.
I am a Committee member for Anticoagulation Specialist Association and I am dismayed to realize I have been nursing for over 37 years!