} Anthony Palmer | Nursing Expert Witness

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Our experts currently provide expert advice to the NHS, Lawyers, Coroners, Crown Prosecution Service, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing, as well as to numerous overseas clients. Anthony Palmer & Associates have a team of independent professional nursing experts who produce several hundred reports each year, mainly in relation to nursing liability and causation. Our experts are highly experienced nursing staff with a wealth of clinical, managerial and educational nursing experience.

Anthony Palmer

R.N. D.P.S.N., BSc (Hons), P.G.C.E.A

Highly experienced Expert Witness with over 20 years’ experience as a Nursing Expert to leading law firms, public inquires, Coroners and the CPS in the UK. Anthony has significant courtroom experience including high profile criminal trials. He has given oral evidence in Court on many occasions in the last 20 years, on average 6 times per year. Anthony also has given evidence in criminal trials in cases of gross negligence/manslaughter instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service. Anthony has also prepared reports for overseas clients in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. Finally, Anthony has regularly given advice at Coroner’s Courts across the UK.

Anthony was instructed as a Nursing expert for the Vale of Leven Hospital Public Inquiry in 2011, where he was required to independently review 10 deaths associated with Clostridium Difficille infection. As part of his evidence he was required to provide oral evidence to the Public Court Hearing for a continuous 2 ½ days. Anthony continues to undertake sessional clinical nursing at his local hospital in order to maintain his nursing skills.

Profile

  • Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing
  • Currently approved by NHS Litigation Authority as a Nursing Expert
  • Member of Expert Witness Institute
  • Providing Independent Reviews of Nursing Services and Quality
  • Providing bespoke Training in Legal aspects of Nursing
  • Continues to practice as "hands on" nurse in acute hospital environment
  • Listed in the Expert Witness Directory 2017 published by Sweet & Maxwell
  • See testimonials for feedback from many of Anthony’s clients. A detailed CV is available on request

Anthony’s areas of nursing expertise include:

  • Inadequate Nursing Care
  • Manual Handling injuries
  • Inadequate Hospital and Community Nursing Care
  • Drug Errors
  • Inadequate Nursing Supervision
  • Neglect
  • Inadequate Clinical Observations
  • Extravasation/Infiltration Injuries
  • Wounds and wound care
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Falls in Hospital and Nursing & care Homes
  • Infection Control
  • Nursing Home Care

Barbara Carr

S.E.N. (G), R.N., F.E.T.C., D.P.S.N., BSc (Hons) Nursing P.G.D., M.A.

A highly experienced clinical senior clinical nurse, as well as nurse manager with over 36 years NHS experience. Barbara Carr very recently held the post of Associate Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust Foundation Trust responsible for nursing standards, nursing policy and clinical practice.

Barbara’s areas of expertise are:

  • Wounds and wound care
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Deterioration of the acutely ill patient
  • Prevention of hospital acquired complications and infections such as MRSA & Clostridium Difficille
  • Patient falls
  • Inadequate supervision of patients
  • Medication errors
  • Previous experience in nutritional care for the Welsh Health Board

Geoff Ellison

MPhil, MSc, RMN, SRN, D.N (London Univ), Cert Ed, RNT.

A Registered Mental Health Nurse/ Registered General Nurse currently practising and with extensive clinical experience in caring for people living with mental and physical disorders and a proven record of achievement in both teaching and management. With over 37 years’ experience principally in mental health, I have worked within psychiatry and acute general nursing of the NHS and within the private sector. My main areas of expertise are psychiatric nursing practice and mental health services, especially forensic, acute psychiatry and risk assessment and management of suicide, self-harm and management of violence and aggression and also with elderly care. An empathic expert witness with strong interpersonal skills, preparing liability reports relating to standards of nursing and care, acceptable practice and risk management.

For a period of time before concentrating on my educational attainment I was acting Head of Psychiatry (University of Chester) servicing five NHS trusts for all their educational needs from student nurse training up to Master degree level. I have proven managerial skills, educational and leadership expertise with a strong commitment to health care and a passion for high quality patient care.

My background of dual qualification (general nursing and mental health nursing) combined with advanced skills in clinical practice, education and management has enhanced my understanding of clinical standards. This gives me the ability to provide the court with clear, concise and unbiased reviews of nursing matters as an expert witness. As well as having extensive experience in psychiatric nursing I hold a Master’s Degree in Law of Health and Social Care and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy in Ethics of Health Care

Mark Sephton

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Mark Sephton is a most experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioner with considerable experience in Walk-In Centres, Ambulatory Care Units, General Practice, Acute Visiting Service, General Practitioner Out of Hours and Urgent Care Centres. He has held a continuous post of Advanced Nurse Practitioner since 2014 in an acute primary care setting and furthermore, provides locum cover cross across a variety of primary care organisations, some in which entail face to face triage that is significantly relevant to this case in question.

Mark Sephton holds a Masters of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice and non-medical prescribing qualification and has published a number of articles within the nursing literature surrounding nursing regulation, patient care and primary research. His role as visiting lecturer within the health and social care faculty at the University of Chester involves being mentor for postgraduate students undertaking a degree module on minor illness that is affiliated with Liverpool John Moores University. Mark has also held a number of senior roles including the post of Clinical Operations Lead for a social enterprise organisation that provides out of hospital healthcare.

Mark Sephton currently has over 4 years experience in a GP Out of Hours setting, where he conducts telephone triage, face to face assessment and home visits. He has a primary contract with Mastercall Healthcare based in Stockport where he is Senior Auditor on clinical guardian and undertakes his turn on the senior management on-call Rota. He has also worked for number of other GP Out of Hours providers via the agency, including Virgin Care, Bardoc, Primcare, East Lancashire Medical Services and UC24.

Mark has attended the relevant Expert Witness training with Bond Solon in London and has completed numerous reports for both Claimant and Defendant.

As you may be aware there are limited experts in this field and therefore I am delighted to have found Mark due to his strong clinical and supervisory background. Moreover, he continues to practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner which is very important.

Lesley Wharton

RGN, DipN, BA (Hons) Nursing, PG Dip ( H&SC)

A senior nurse manager with over 33 experience, Lesley is currently employed in a senior nursing position in the NHS with responsibility for nursing and infection prevention and control. Lesley Continues to be clinically active and has a wealth of experience in setting standards of nursing care, developing policies for nursing practice as well as reviewing the quality of nursing at her Trust. Lesley also has significant experience in undertaking investigations into allegations of inadequate nursing care

As an Expert Witness Lesley’s areas of expertise are:

  • Wounds and wound care
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Deterioration of the acutely ill patient
  • Prevention of hospital acquired complications and infections such as MRSA & Clostridium Difficille
  • Patient falls
  • Inadequate supervision of patients
  • Prevention of medication errors