Staff profile

Gerri Mortimore


Senior Lecturer/​Postgraduate Research Student

Gerri standing in front of a desk with a microphone on, smiling wearing a yellow dress

Subject

Nursing

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

School of Nursing and Professional Practice

ORCiD ID

0000-0001-6890-4346

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

G.Mortimore@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a Registered General Nurse with over 36 years’ experience, spanning both acute medical and surgical nursing within the UK and abroad. This has given me a unique perspective which can be applied to various settings.

For the last two years, I have worked in an academic role as a postgraduate lecturer in Advanced Practice, teaching advanced practice skills to allied health professionals. Prior to this, I worked as the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hepatology and set up nurse-led clinics in alcohol/fatty liver/autoimmune liver disease/viral hepatitis and haemochromatosis. In addition, I organised surveillance for all cirrhotic liver patients, in line with NICE Guidance, and set up a nurse-led paracentesis service. I was also actively involved in medical, nursing and allied professional health teaching as well as audit and research.

This expert knowledge in liver disease has enabled me to publish widely in many nursing, prescribing and medical journals. In addition, I have a national profile and have been involved in writing Quality Standards and NICE Guidelines.

Teaching responsibilities

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Professional interests

In 2015, my general expertise in liver disease was recognised by the National Institute of Clinical Care and Health Excellence (NICE) and I was given the title of NICE expert, due to my input into published national guidelines for England and Wales on: Alcohol Misuse Disorders (NICE 2010), Gallstone disease (NICE 2014) and Liver Cirrhosis (2016) as well as being involved in writing quality standards (QS) which set out the priority areas for quality improvement for health and social care and cover areas where there is a variation in care. I was involved in the development of QS’s in Gallstone disease (NICE QS 104, 2016) and Liver disease (NICE QS 152, 2017). These developed guidelines and Quality Standards clearly demonstrate that I have directly impacted on the outcomes of services being developed and delivered for best practice in patient care nationally.

More recently I have been working in close association with the Haemochromatosis Society – Haemochromatosis UK and have been invited as a guest of the Haemochromatosis Society to attend an event in the House of Commons in October 2018 to increase awareness of Genetic Haemochromatosis. This invite is an acknowledgement for my interest and continued contribution in raising awareness of this condition. It is hoped that whilst in the House of Commons we can gain political support and lobby NICE to create National Guidelines on haemochromatosis.

Haemochromatosis UK have requested my input to write nursing best practice guidelines, accredited by the RCN, to be adopted across the UK. I hope to publish a further journal article.

Other professional responsibilities

Research interests

With regards to research, over the years I have undertaken many pharmaceutical clinical research trials as well as 'in house' research (see publication list below). My research interest is in hepatology and I continue to be very active in that field, with article publications.

About my PhD Research 

Over the last 40 years, the UK has witnessed an exponential increase in liver disease mortality of over 400%, whereas death rates from other medical conditions have decreased. Liver disease is recognised as the fifth leading cause of death worldwide and within the United Kingdom, it is the third most common cause of premature death in the under 65-year age group. NHS Trusts across the country are dealing with escalating numbers of patients with complex liver related morbidity and mortality thus making the nursing and medical care in treating and caring for patients challenging.

The complex nature of liver disease highlights the requirement of advancing health care professionals’ knowledge on this subject; its causes, complications, treatment and end of life care, to improve the quality of care provided to patients and carers.

This critical narrative will reflect upon the impact of research on my academic journey from a student nurse to the present day and will be underpinned by Pat Benner’s five stage theoretical framework (1984). It will evidence how I have evolved through Benner’s stages; from a novice nurse and researcher; inexperienced regarding my research contribution, to the present, where I consider how I have not only  evolved through Benner’s five stages but surpass them, by evolving into an advanced expert nurse, researcher and academic, to an internationally recognised researcher and policy influencer within the field of hepatology. 

My narrative will examine n=10 of my publications and other clinically relevant contributions since 2006, which evidences the development and dissemination of my research, demonstrating how I have advanced health professionals knowledge of liver disease by informing and influencing local, national and international policy to improve or even transform lives for the better.

Thesis title 

Advancing Health Professionals’ knowledge of liver disease.

Supervisor/s

Prof. Dawn Foreman

Prof. Chris Brannigan

Prof. Kath Mitchell

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Conference Presentations

2018

In the media

My blog posts for the University of Derby

Recent publications

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

strands of DNA

Genetic haemochromatosis is thought to affect 1 in 200 people in the UK. But despite this, most people have never heard of the condition. Gerri Mortimore, Lecturer in Post-registration Health Care at the University of Derby, looks at the health implications of this disorder.

person pouring red wine

Is drinking becoming socially unacceptable? Gerri Mortimore, Lecturer in Post-registration Health Care at the University of Derby, investigates the latest statistics.

Somebody pouring red wine from a bottle into a glass on a picnic table outdoors

Gerri Mortimore, Lecturer in Post-registration Health Care at the University of Derby, asks is alcohol really all that bad?