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I registered as a general nurse in 1989 and worked as a neonatal nurse until I qualified as a registered midwife in 1991. I remain registered to practise as a nurse. I have worked as a senior midwife in most clinical areas including fetal medicine, day assessment and neonatal transitional care and have spent a significant number of years working on the Central Delivery Suite.
My passion for pursuing and maintaining the highest possible standard of care for women and their babies led me to become a Supervisor of Midwives (SoM) in 2009. In this role, which ran in conjunction with my clinical and research midwifery posts, I supported and provided guidance to women and their families and also to midwives under my supervision. One of my main responsibilities included assessing midwives’ fitness to practise following poor neonatal outcomes, other clinical incidents or patient complaints. Additionally, I provided guidance to midwives who were required to undertake a program of supported or supervised practice. As a SoM I developed
local guidelines and supported the implementation of changes into midwifery practise.
I have also been employed as research midwife since 2008. My current post covers obstetric, gynaecology and gynaecology oncology studies. I supervise a small research team to ensure the safe and effective management of research processes. As a research midwife I have implemented and undertaken research in many specialised fields including pre-eclampsia, post-partum haemorrhage, pre-term birth, miscarriage and the prevention of miscarriage, genetic analysis in fetal abnormality and maternal vaccination in pregnancy. A large amount of my time in this role is spent within the clinical environment working alongside midwives and supporting the implementation of revised processes as a result of the research findings. I have attended many collaborator and investigator research meetings both in the UK and abroad and have gained
an extensive knowledge of the complications that can occur in midwifery. I have lectured for the University of Bristol and presented research to both clinicians and researchers.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.