BSc Hons Midwifery Studies
- Labour Ward
- High & Low Risk Pregnancy
- Complex Care
- Antenatal & Postnatal Care
I qualified as a Registered Midwife in September 2003 following successful completion of my BSc (Hons) Registered Midwife at Northumbria University in Newcastle.
I have significant experience as a Senior Midwife within low, high and complex care pregnancies throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period. This includes four years experience as a Specialist Critical Care Midwife.
I joined the Critical Care Midwifery team in 2011 following successful completion of the 'Advanced Care of Women in Complex Care' Module (Level 7) and a 6 week full time placement in Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Coronary Care Unit and High Dependency Unit. This greatly enhanced my midwifery knowledge and clinical skills in caring for women with complex needs, who previously may have been transferred to ITU or HDU for their ongoing care needs.
My time as a Senior Midwifery Lecturer included ensuring quality of teaching, student experiences, access, finance, governance and aspects of HR.
Within my current role as Labour Ward Co-ordinator I have overall responsibility for the effective management of staff and resources within the maternity unit on a shift by shift basis. I facilitate along with colleagues, the education, training and development of staff within maternity services using positive performance management, within defined resources and following the strategies of the directorate. I am proactive in the development of services and the team, including ways to improve performance and also ways to challenge poor behaviours and attitude. I also manage informal complaints and participate in formal complaints as required, investigate accidents and incidents, in line with the trusts safeguard system and risk and incident management policy.
In July 2017 I was elected as RCM Activist, recruiting, representing and supporting our members in the workforce. I represent and support members in all forms of disciplinary meetings with employers. I also engage with all members (including midwifery management) to establish and maintain an active and safely organised work place environment, and promote the RCM not just as a Union but as a link to education and professional continuing development.
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.