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BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery
I qualified as a midwife in 2009. During my career, I have developed a wide range of experience across all areas of midwifery care, including obstetric units, stand-alone midwife led units, and in the community. In addition, I completed my mentorship course for signing off student midwives in 2013.
More recently, I have specialised in community and midwifery led care in stand alone units and at home births. In the community I caseload women by being one of their lead professionals throughout the pregnancy continuum. I continually assess women and their families and refer to appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure they are receiving holistic care. I participate in an on-call rota, which provides care to low risk mothers in a stand-alone birth centre, and both low and high risk mothers who wish to birth at home. This includes monitoring both mum and baby and providing care to ensure mothers have safe births. On occasions this involves transfers by ambulance to the nearest obstetric unit in the event of any complications.
Since 2013 I have held management positions within community services. I have managed up to five teams with between 10 and 60 members of staff, whilst continuing my clinical work. Part of my role involves writing and updating policies and guidelines to ensure that our maternity staff can provide evidence-based care. I also complete investigations into clinical practice when it has been indicated.
During 2018-19 I was seconded to my local CCG where I was the lead midwife in my area as an Early Adopter for implementing NHS England’s Better Births recommendations. This role has allowed me to support and empower women and their families to develop personalised care plans, and to improve postnatal care.
Currently, I am working in an interim lead risk midwife position, alongside my community work. In this role I am co-ordinating clinical risk and governance across maternity, as well as assisting in the implementation of care bundles such as Saving Babies’ Lives.
I am trained at Masters level in Examination of the Newborn and I am undertaking an MSc in Health Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. As part of my MSc, I am focusing on operational management and risk along with completing my independent prescribing module for clinical practice. I am also undergoing training as a lactation consultant (IBCLC).
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.