The role of the litigation nurse – and what you can learn from it

Our podcast guest explains the clinical advice and expertise given to solicitors in relation to clinical negligence claims – and how this work can inform all nurses’ practice

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What is a litigation nurse and how do they address the complaints and concerns of patients and service users?

The latest episode of the Nursing Standard podcast explores the role of the litigation nurse and, based on this type of work, how nurses can reflect on their own practice in areas such as record-keeping and communication.

Solicitors depend on nursing advice

A litigation nurse offers clinical support, advice and expertise in clinical matters to solicitors involved in clinical negligence claims whose training is more focused on legal aspects.

In this episode we hear from litigation nurse Matthew Brown who works with a team of solicitors in Manchester, bringing his nursing skills into the legal arena.

What the role means for all nurses

Mr Brown talks to RCNi senior nurse editor Richard Hatchett about his role, his day-to-day work, the advice he gives in relation to negligence claims and how he prepared for the role.

The pair also discuss, in relation to the work Mr Brown is involved in, what nurses in general can learn from it with regard to the care they provide.

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