Luisa Sweeney

Luisa Sweeney

Registered Midwife

Qualifications

Advance Diploma Midwifery, RM, RGN

Specialisms

  • Midwifery Practice - Community and Hospital based.

Introduction

I qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1990. I have practised clinically in most midwifery areas at a senior level, have mentored student midwives and currently work as a Matron for Maternity for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Imperial Private Healthcare.  In my current role, I provide clinical support in all areas of midwifery care and have managerial responsibility for a team of 35 midwives and 20 support staff. I provide leadership and guidance to midwives and act as a role model. I support best practice through education, audit and reviewing and implementing evidence based guidelines to promote evidence based midwifery care. I also support midwives with reflection following critical incidents. I have completed the ALSO (Advance Life Support in Obstetrics), the PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi Professional Training) and am trained in advance neonatal life support (NLS). I have completed the Supervisors of Midwives course at the University of West London and have been appointed by my trust as a midwifery advocate. My appointment as a midwifery advocate runs concurrently alongside my substantive role. I have investigated midwifery cases and have had experience in writing case reports. I have supported midwives through NMC hearings and currently investigate serious incidents in the maternity unit. This also involves interviewing midwives and obtaining statements. 

After qualifying, I consolidated my training as a rotational midwife. I then moved to a different maternity unit initially as an intrapartum midwife and subsequently as a community midwife. For several years I enjoyed a fulfilling role as a junior sister working as an integrated midwife.  I was able to develop my intrapartum skills, including home birth and progressed as a community midwife.  As a case loading community midwife, providing holistic care to a group of women in an extremely deprived socio-economic area, I was able to develop my knowledge of multi-agency working and safeguarding during this time, as well as implementing a successful teenage pregnancy group and bereavement services for women and families.

In 2007 I decided to step away directly from midwifery practice and became a Children’s Centre Manager, working for a local authority. My remit was to set up and develop 3 Children’s Centres across a very rural area in Yorkshire.  After 3 years, I returned to the local maternity unit to reconsolidate and update my skills for a period of 8 months. I then worked as an Outpatient Lead Midwife.  My remit was to manage community services, antenatal clinics & inpatients, screening and safeguarding. I learnt a large amount about maternity services at a strategic level and was responsible for over 50 midwives in practice.  A year later, I took a more clinically focused role and returned to being a midwife- Labour Ward Co-ordinator. I was able to really focus on clinical midwifery in practice, mentor students and junior midwives. As well as leading the maternity department, I utilised this time also to complete my access to supervision course and became a Supervisor of Midwives for the South Central Local Supervising Authority. Most recently, I have taken a promotional opportunity working as a clinical lead/manager and now have experience of working in the private maternity sector of the NHS.

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 the Civil Procedures Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.

Professional Education

2008 Advance Diploma Midwifery
1990 Registered Midwife
1988 Registered Nurse