Independent Nurse Consultant, Best Interest Assessor and Expert Witness – Jane Buswell

Jane Buswell

Jane Buswell’s Profile

Jane Buswell







I am a founder member of the “Pragmatic Practitioner group, along with Heledd Wyn, who shared a desire to link professionals of various backgrounds who all have a focus on supporting and protecting vulnerable adults, especially older people.  

I have more than 40 years nursing experience, both in the UK and abroad. My work within the NHS culminated in the post of Consultant Nurse for Older people in University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation trust. For the last 6 years I have worked independently, remaining on the Nursing & Midwifery register.

After qualifying as a Best Interest Assessor for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2009, I have continued to develop expertise in this challenging field and has wide experience of the challenges faced by practitioners in everyday situations in implementing the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS. My main professional work is currently providing expert independent best interest reports for the Court of Protection. There are always extremely complex issues facing the courts when deciding on how best to meet an individual’s care needs and residency and require all of my expertise and experience in helping the courts reach a decision.

I am occasional visiting lecturer at UWE, teaching post reg students on the moduleComplexities of caring for older people.  Since 2015 I have been a trustee of Milestones, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, complex behavioural needs and dementia in South Glos and Bristol

Last year I stepped down as chair of the British Geriatric Society’s Nurse & AHP group

after a number of years but remain an active advocate for integrated professional working.

I present at national and regional conferences on issues affecting older adults, and publish regularly in a range of nursing journals, including Nursing Older People Journal, on a variety of clinical topics.

Tel: 01934 626292

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