Caroline Duncombe
      • Caroline Duncombe
      • Registered Midwife & Expert Supervisor
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
      • 01494 792711
      • 01494 799999

Caroline Duncombe

Registered Midwife & Expert Supervisor

Qualifications

MSc, PGC, DipHE, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, RGN

Specialisms

  • Midwifery
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy

Introduction

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 and as a Midwife in 1995. I have practiced clinically in most midwifery areas at a senior level, including the community, assessment units and labour ward. I was a university lecturer from 2007-2009, and developed a specialist role caring for women with diabetes from 2009-2013. I was concurrently a supervisor of midwives from 2001-2015 with a responsibility for providing leadership and guidance and acting as a role model. In this role I also supported midwives through NMC hearings. In 2012 I completed a 3-month secondment as the Lead for Clinical Risk within a Trust. From April 2013 – January 2016 I was the midwifery lead for quality and assurance at Wexham Park Hospital. Throughout this time, I also worked in the clinical area. In June 2015, I reduced my NHS hours and retired in January 2016.

I currently work with Somek & Associates as an Expert Supervisor part time, whilst continuing to work as a midwife with NHS Professionals part time. I have been an ALSO (Advanced Life Saving in Obstetrics) instructor since 2001 and teach and assess emergency skills and drills on this multidisciplinary and nationally accredited course, approximately twice a year.

Within my NHS experience, I have been responsible for coordinating and investigating both major and serious incidents that occurred in maternity units, both internal and external to my workplace. This has involved interviewing midwives and other members of the multidisciplinary team and obtaining statements. I have also coordinated investigations trust wide, submitted serious incident reports to NHS London and fed back learning outcomes to the Clinical Directorates. 

I undertake medico-legal work for Somek and Associates where I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I completed an expert witness module at the University of Hertfordshire in 2008 and have continued to keep updated with formal training in the medico-legal process. I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses. My experience as an Expert has included attending case conferences, preparing joint statements, giving evidence at both the Coroner’s court and at the NMC and attending Civil Court hearings.


Professional Affiliations
Royal College of Midwives
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses