BERNADETTE PARSONS

SPECIALISMS:

Amputations, Brain Injury Care of the Elderly Orthopaedics Pressure Sores Stroke

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Professional Qualifications

  • BSc Hons in Gerontological Nursing (1st Class) 2006 (Royal College of Nursing)
  • Diploma in Mentoring and Assessing in the Clinical Setting (Coventry University)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing 1997 – 1998 (Coventry University)
  • State Registered Nurse 1996 (Revalidated July 2021)
  • State Enrolled Nurse 1979

 Memberships

  • Full member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
  • Case Management Society UK (CMSUK)
  • Headway UK – the brain injury association
  • European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP)
  • Tissue Viability Society (TVS)
  • Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
  • Member of the Silverlining Brain Injury Charity

I am a registered adult nurse with over 30 years of extensive clinical nursing experience within both the private sector and the NHS. My experience has ranged from working within neuro-rehabilitation, elderly rehabilitation medicine and a dedicated stroke unit.

I have experience of working with people with very complex needs and was Resettlement Coordinator for the neuro-rehabilitation services at Central England Rehabilitation Unit, a national centre of excellence based at Leamington Spa Hospital. Discharges from this unit were invariably very complex, due to the nature of the ¬†patient’s diagnosis and prognosis with regard to their brain injury, and patient and families’ long term expectations and hopes. I am experienced with coordinating care and services between multidisciplinary teams and external agencies – including health and social care, commissioners of services, case managers, community and voluntary sectors, housing departments and medical and health equipment suppliers.

I have considerable nursing management experience and am experienced in introducing and maintaining management systems which ensure high level evidence based care is delivered and maintained at all times.

I have also gained a wealth of experience of leading with Continuing Health Care (CHC) applications and assessments. I have experience in working closely with Clinical Commissioning Group’s from all over the UK regarding funding and discharge/placement issues. I am also experienced in advising patients and families regarding benefit claims and accessing community/voluntary services. In addition I have a very good working knowledge of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) procedures.

I have a special interest in care of older people and have gained specialist in-depth knowledge regarding all aspects of Gerontology (study of ageing and older adults) during my degree studies with the Royal College of Nursing. I have also developed an interest in pressure ulcers and have attended conferences and study days with regard to tissue viability, including University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire wound care training course in 2019.

During the last four years I have been working as a full time expert witness and have prepared breach of duty, condition and prognosis with regard to pressure injuries and quantum care, therapy and equipment needs reports.

Reports include but are not limited to:

  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Visual impairment
  • Falls
  • Care of older people
  • Loss of service

Further to nursing qualifications and experience I have undertaken medico legal training and I am aware of my responsibilities as an expert witness under the Civil Procedure Rules. I am currently working towards the Cardiff University Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate.

I have experience in liaising with the legal team and a good understanding of the medico-legal litigation process. I have participated within numerous case conferences with Counsel, expert meetings, joint discussions and have given evidence in Court.

I maintain my competencies and ongoing professional development on a regular basis using a variety of methods including personal research and development, attending relevant conferences and supplementary study days and courses.

 

Work History

  • Independent Nurse Consultant and Expert Witness with Maggie Sargent & Associates 01/01/2017 – present
  • Resettlement Coordinator for Neuro Rehabilitation wards at Central England Rehabilitation Unit 01/07/2011 – 31/05/2017
  • Ward Manager on GP led adult rehabilitation ward 01/03/2010 – 30/06/2011
  • Deputy Ward Manager on Stroke Unit 03/01/2007 – 28/02/2010
  • Staff Nurse on elderly adult rehabilitation ward 09/09/1996 – 31/12/2006
  • Completed Conversion Course to become State Registered Nurse whilst working for Westminster Health Care
  • Enrolled Nurse 01/06/1992 – 31/08/1996 for Westminster Health Care
  • Enrolled Nurse 01/07/1979 – 01/07/1987 for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

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