} Anthony Palmer | Nursing Expert Witness

Our Experts

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
  • Regularly instructed by NHS Resolution 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

Julie Bowmaker

MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice

Julie is a highly experienced Registered Nurse with over 30 NHS years’ experience, including working in the Private Sector as Head of Healthcare in Justice Health which included the role as Care Quality Commission Manager for the organisation. Her involvement in the introduction of a pioneering multidisciplinary pregnancy and perinatal pathway in HMP Low Newton received the HSJ Patient Safety Award in 2018. Julie currently works as a Clinical Advisor for NHS 111 and also as a Death In Custody Clinical Reviewer in a service which is commissioned by NHSE.

Considerable experience gained in a Safeguarding role in an advisory/training capacity across Community, Primary Care, Acute Care and Mental Health services. Julie has a broad range of experience in working across both acute hospital and primary care. Julie has an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice and is an Independent Nurse Prescriber. As an NMC Registrant Julie has continually maintained and developed her clinical skills, knowledge and competence. Julie has extensive experience of writing professional-standard based reports on the quality of nursing care provided to individual patients within both a hospital / community and prison environment. Julie has also prepared a large number of internal investigation reports including Serious Untoward Incident Reports (SUI), Route Cause Analysis Investigation Reports (RCA), as well as other internally focused investigative reports.

To date Julie has prepared numerous medico-legal reports on behalf of both Claimant and Defendant.

As an Expert Witness Julie Bowmaker’s areas of expertise are:

  • Community / District Nursing
  • Health visiting / Safeguarding in Health & Justice system
  • Nursing Home / Residential Care home care
  • Prison nursing
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • Wound management
  • Manual handling injuries
  • Drug errors
  • Deterioration of the acute patient / Inadequate supervision of patients
  • Venepuncture / cannulation injuries

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

Sue Judge

MSc Nursing / BSc District Nursing / Nurse Prescriber

Sue Judge is a highly experienced Registered Nurse with over 34 NHS years’ experience, who until recently held the position of Head of Clinical Care for St Martin’s Care Group providing leadership to the six care homes within the group, providing support and clinical advice to the Managing Director, home manager, nursing and care staff.  As named individual for Adult Safeguarding and Complaints, and nominated individual for CQC, NMC contact for clinical nurse concerns, Sue had overall responsibility for ensuring the delivery of safe, high quality nursing/care within the homes.With experience as an Independent Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission, Lorna has considerable experience in advising on specific nursing standards within hospital and community settings.

Sue has extensive experience of writing professional-standard based reports on the quality of nursing care provided to individual patients within the hospital and community environment.  Sue has also prepared a large number of internal investigation reports including Serious Untoward Incident Reports (SUI), Route Cause Analysis Investigation Reports (RCA), as well as other internally focused investigative reports.  Sue has also prepared many written inspection reports on behalf of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Bond Solon trained, Sue has prepared reports on behalf both Claimant and Defendant.

Sue’s areas of expertise are as follows:

  • Inadequate Nursing Care
  • Manual Handling injuries
  • Inadequate Hospital and Community/District Nursing Care
  • Inadequate Nursing Supervision
  • Inadequate Clinical Observations
  • Nurse prescribing
  • Drug Errors
  • Extravasation/Infiltration Injuries
  • Wounds and wound care
  • Infection Control
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Deterioration of the acute patient
  • Falls in Hospital and Nursing & care Homes
  • Nursing Home Care standards
  • Residential care Home standards
  • Deprivation of liberty standards
  • Neglect

Nicola Leah

BSc (Hons) Cancer Care

A professional graduate nurse with 14 years’ experience in the NHS, Nicola continues to work clinically as a Community Matron/Advanced Nurse Practitioner leading a team of nurses which involves the management of patients with complex health needs and assessment of complex patient discharges.  With responsibility for undertaking concise investigations and serious incidents, and dealing with complaints, Nicola has recently taken on the dual role of Service Manager which involves leading service delivery for adult community health service, and management of a team of 60 community nurses and responsibility for the adult community for part of north Northamptonshire.

With responsibility for assessing patients from GP practice referrals, Nicola’s role currently involves performing advanced assessments such as Cardiovascular, neurological, abdominal, respiratory, musculoskeletal examinations to determine a diagnosis, prescribe or refer onwards. Nicola has a keen interest in tissue viability and palliative care and is regarded as an expert in these fields.

In the last 5 years Nicola has completed a degree in cancer care, undertaken the MSc in District nursing and Nurse prescribing.  As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Nicola supports patients with long term conditions and provides support to enable them to remain in their home and improve their quality of life.

In addition, Nicola has experience as a clinical lead and Nursing Home manager providing care to clients with complex needs such as physical disability, Parkinson’s disease, post CVA, Dementia and End of Life Care to requiring 24-hour nursing care.  As an NMC Registrant Nicola continually maintains and develops her clinical skills, knowledge and competence.

Expert Witness experience & Bond Solon Expert Witness Training:

Nicola Leah is scheduled to attend the Bond Solon 'Excellence in Report Writing' and 'Court Room Skills' training.

Nicola's general areas of expertise are as follows:

Liability:

  • Inadequate District Nursing Care
  • Nursing Residential Home Care
  • Inadequate Nursing Supervision in the community
  • Inadequate Hospital and Community Nursing Care
  • Falls in nursing/residential homes
  • Inadequate Clinical Observations
  • Wounds and wound care
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Leg ulcer management
  • Manual Handling injuries
  • Neglect
  • Drug Errors

Kelly Parker

Registered Midwife

A Senior Midwife with clinical leadership experience in both hospital and community settings. Currently working part-time as Community Midwifery Matron managing a team of over 80 midwives and 12 support workers. Specialist Maternity advisor for the CQC, taking part in both announced and unannounced CQC inspections on an ad-hoc basis..

  • Intrapartum care
  • Vaginal birth after caesarean section
  • High and low risk antenatal care
  • Complex pregnancies
  • Home Births
  • Water Births
  • Maternity triage
  • Community Midwifery
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Post-Partum haemorrhage
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Induction of labour
  • Care of the newborn infant

Amanda Pocknell

RGN, BSc (Hons) ENB 998 ENB 176

A professional graduate nurse with 33 years’ experience in the NHS, Private, Private Medical Insurance; Medico legal and Nursing Home healthcare sectors. Amanda is an independent healthcare consultant providing Expert Witness services, Rehabilitation, Case Management, Care Management and Healthcare Consultancy services to the public and private sector nationally. An exceptionally experienced Nursing Expert Witness providing Causation and Liability reports, Breach of care reports, Condition and Prognosis Reports on Care, Loss of Services reports, Care Needs Reports, Care and Services reports and Care and Case Management reports with reference to Multiple trauma, Catastrophic injury and acquired brain injury.  See below for Amanda’s specialist areas of work.

Amanda is an experienced Rehabilitation case manager providing Immediate Needs Assessments (INA) and reports with extensive experience in setting up and implementing domiciliary rehabilitation programmes; sourcing alternative wheelchair accessible accommodation; equipment provision and care and support worker packages in the community.

Amanda has experience as a clinical lead and Nursing Home manager providing care to clients with complex needs such as physical disability, Parkinson’s disease, post CVA, Dementia and End of Life Care to requiring 24-hour nursing care.  Amanda continues to work clinically as an Agency Nurse 12 – 36 hours a week. The past 18 months have been in a Specialist Neuro rehabilitation Unit; a School Nurse in a Special Educational Needs School providing care to pupils with complex physical, developmental, behavioural and Neuro diverse needs; Nursing care Homes in the community and Palliative care.

As an NMC Registrant Amanda continually maintains and develops her clinical skills, knowledge and competence.

Expert Witness experience & Bond Solon Expert Witness Training:

Amanda is an extremely experienced nursing expert who has been involved in expert witness work since 1997 with experience of attending Court and writing professional-standard expert witness based reports on the quality of nursing care provided to individual patients within the NHS acute and community environment.  Amanda has attended the Bond & Solon ‘Courtroom Skills’ and ‘Excellence in Report Writing’ courses.  To date Amanda has prepared reports on behalf of both Claimant and Defendant solicitors.

Amanda's general areas of expertise are as follows:

Liability:

  • Inadequate Nursing Care – General surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery (breast reconstruction), ENT, Oral Maxillo Surgery
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Inadequate Nursing Supervision
  • Inadequate Hospital and Community Nursing Care
  • Deterioration of the acute patient
  • Falls in Hospital
  • Inadequate Clinical Observations
  • Wounds and wound care
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Infection Control
  • Extravasation/Infiltration Injuries
  • Venepuncture and cannulation
  • Manual Handling injuries
  • Neglect
  • Drug Errors
  • Operating Room/Department

Quantum:

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Multiple Trauma and Complex care
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Amputation
  • Ophthalmic problems
  • Bowel/bladder surgery
  • Vascular problems (including CVA)
  • PTSD
  • Psychological problems
  • Loss of parent/carer
  • Mesothelioma

Lorna Redgewell

BSc (Hons) Nurse Practitioner including Independent Nurse Prescribing

Lorna Redgewell is a highly experienced Registered Nurse with over 19 NHS years’ experience, currently working as Advanced & Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Lorna has prepared a large number of internal investigation reports including Serious Untoward Incident Reports (SUI), Route Cause Analysis Investigation Reports (RCA), as well as other internally focused investigative reports.

With experience as an Independent Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission, Lorna has considerable experience in advising on specific nursing standards within hospital and community settings.

Lorna is a qualified Independent Nurse Prescriber has a broad range of experience in working across both acute and primary care, as well as in partnership with other organisations. Bond Solon trained, Lorna attended has over 6 years’ experience of Expert witness reporting, prepared reports on behalf both Claimant and Defendant.

Lorna’s areas of expertise are as follows:

  • Nurse Practitioner care
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • Assessing and treating patients with minor injuries and minor illnesses
  • Paediatric assessment within Minor Injuries Unit
  • Accident and emergency nursing
  • Minor injuries nursing
  • Deterioration of the acute patient
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Wound management
  • Manual handling injuries
  • Drug errors
  • Inadequate supervision of patients
  • Venepuncture / cannulation injuries
  • Asthma management

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.

Rebecca Silvester

BSc (Hons) Critical Care Nursing

Rebecca Silvester is a highly experienced Registered Nurse with over 13 NHS years’ acute experience, currently working as Critical Care Outreach Senior Nurse, which involves assessing, and supporting junior staff, management of cardiac arrests and airway emergencies and ITU follow ups.  Rebecca has gained various experience including trauma, neurology, post-operative surgical, plastics, bariatric, haematology, tropical infections, drowning, anaphylaxis, overdose, organic phosphate poisoning, flu, psychiatric, acute coronary syndrome and sexual re-assignment.

Rebecca has a broad and extensive range of experience in working in over 10 different Intensive Care Units (ITU) both in London and Australia. She possesses excellent interpersonal skills and well-developed expertise in the following highly specific areas:

  • Paediatrics/Neonates - ventilated/transfer/CVVHF/Oscillator/CPAP/High flow.
  • Renal replacement – Prismaflex/TekMed/Aquarius
  • Ventilators – Drager/Puritan Bennett/Maquet/Oscillator
  • Advanced hemodynamic management - Oesophageal Doppler/PICCO/Pulmonary Artery Catheters
  • Intra-ventricular neurological monitoring (ICP)
  • Mentoring/team leading junior staff/ICU course student's/student nurses & bedside teaching
  • ALS/Attending MET calls/cardiac arrest team/panic team
  • Casual course facilitator for AIMS course

As an NMC Registrant Rebecca has continually maintained and developed her clinical skills, knowledge and competence, recently completing a Masters’ level history taking and physical examination course.

To date Rebecca has prepared reports on behalf of both Claimant and Defendant and has attended Bond Solon training courses.

Rebecca’s general areas of expertise are as follows:

  • ITU/Critical Care nursing
  • Accident and emergency nursing
  • Deterioration of the acute patient
  • Inadequate clinical observations
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Infection control

Tracy Taylor

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies PGCE (FE)

Tracy is currently responsible for the senior professional nursing leadership supporting operational management of acute inpatient and outpatient services across multiple acute specialties working as Associate Chief Nurse in a large University Teaching Hospital.  A highly experienced and senior Registered General Nurse (RGN) with over 30 years’ experience of working within a variety of hospital and health settings, Tracy also has experience of community-based assessments including physical, psychological and social care requirements.

As an NMC Registrant Tracy continually maintains and develops her clinical skills, knowledge and competence.

Expert Witness experience & Bond Solon Expert Witness Training:

Tracy is an extremely experienced nursing expert who has been involved in expert witness work since 2013 with experience of attending Court and writing professional-standard expert witness based reports on the quality of nursing care provided to individual patients within the NHS acute and community environment and, including investigation and reporting on nursing practices for the Coroner’s Court.

Tracy has attended the Bond & Solon ‘Courtroom Skills – Witness Familiarisation’ and Excellence in Report Writing’ courses.  To date Tracy has prepared reports on behalf of both Claimant and Defendant solicitors

Tracy’s general areas of expertise are as follows:

Liability:

  • Inadequate Nursing Care – General surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery (breast reconstruction), ENT, Oral Maxillo Surgery
  • Manual Handling injuries
  • Inadequate Hospital and Community Nursing Care
  • Drug Errors
  • Inadequate Nursing Supervision
  • Neglect
  • Deterioration of the acute patient
  • Inadequate Clinical Observations
  • Extravasation/Infiltration Injuries
  • Wounds and wound care
  • Pressure ulcer development and prevention
  • Falls in Hospital
  • Infection Control
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Quantum:

  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Amputation
  • Ophthalmic problems
  • Bowel/bladder surgery
  • Vascular problems (including CVA)
  • PTSD
  • Psychological problems

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