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PG Dip Midwifery, MSc Professional Practice (Midwifery), PGC Level 1 Obstetric Ultrasound
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in March 2007 and worked briefly in a medical setting, caring for patients with gastrointestinal problems and serious infectious diseases. However, my true vocation was as a midwife, so I completed the postgraduate midwifery course in March 2009. I have worked for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board throughout my midwifery career so far, predominantly within the high risk, labour ward setting and have developed both my managerial and clinical skills to an advanced level during this time.
More recently I have worked as a senior midwifery clinician, working directly with the senior obstetrician and replacing the junior doctor within obstetrics and gynaecology in a high-risk unit. In this role I was the clinician directly responsible for taking both obstetric and gynaecological referrals from midwives, triage, GP’s, early pregnancy assessment unit and A+E. I worked autonomously to physically examine these patients, order appropriate diagnostic tests and undertake referrals to the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team.
I am trained in advanced clinical skills, including biophysical assessment within obstetrics and gynaecology, resuscitation, speculum assessment, consenting for surgical procedures, cannulation, complex perineal suturing, surgical skills and assisting at instrumental and caesarean deliveries. I completed the independent prescriber course, allowing me to independently assess, diagnose and prescribe treatment for women with common ailments in pregnancy.
In addition, I am also a qualified midwife sonographer, trained in 1st trimester and 3rd trimester foetal ultrasound; combined screening, including nuchal translucency measurement; foetal growth surveillance, amniotic fluid measurement and umbilical artery doppler.
Following the merger of 2 large hospitals within the health board, my role now also includes that of a labour ward coordinator. During any shift my role could rotate between the senior midwife ensuring the safety of the high-risk labour ward, the obstetric triage, the high dependency unit, obstetric theatres or to be in charge of maintaining situational awareness across the whole maternity unit. As a senior clinician, I regularly participate in PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) to ensure my skills in managing all obstetric emergencies are effective and up to date. I also attended regular training in the assessment of foetal physiology and foetal heart rate / CTG assessment. In 2019 I completed training by the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to become a peer reviewer during their unannounced visits, in order to assess the quality of maternity services throughout Wales.
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.