Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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BSc (Hons) Midwifery
I qualified as a midwife in 2009 and specialise in labour ward care. Since qualifying, I have gained skills and experience in triage, antenatal ward, postnatal ward and alongside a birth centre providing low risk labour care including water birth. I currently work exclusively on a high risk delivery suite in a large tertiary referral unit in the North East of England. I provide one to one care to women with high risk pregnancies in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period.
My role and duties include, performing induction of labour via administering prostaglandin pessaries and artificial rupture of membranes, followed by administration and careful titration of oxytocics if required. My role also involves caring for women who develop complications of pregnancy including (but not limited to) obstetric cholestasis, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. I provide complete labour and delivery care for women who are in premature labour, and those who are experiencing pregnancy and labour with foetal anomalies, including those babies who are not expected to survive the intrapartum period. I care for women who have had to undergo termination of pregnancy and those who have sadly suffered stillbirth, as well as those who are pregnant following pregnancy loss in the past. A significant part of my role is interpreting cardiotocograph (CTG) tracings. I also provide care of labour in a low risk setting when required, incorporating all aspects of midwifery care including intermittent auscultation, facilitation of water birth and encouraging women to remain mobile. I regularly provide care and participate fully in emergency scenarios, including shoulder dystocia, post partum haemorrhage (PPH) and breech delivery. I provide care in labour for women expecting twins and in conjunction with medical and other midwifery staff, facilitate the birth of twins. I am a qualified mentor and act as a resource to both students and junior colleagues. I assist in the smooth running of the delivery suite and regularly provide practice support to colleagues who need assistance.
I was employed by the local supervising authority as a supervisor of midwives prior to statutory supervision being removed and I am now retained by my employing trust as a professional midwifery advocate, providing guidance, leadership and promoting resilience amongst midwifery staff. I also work alongside women and medical staff in order to create and tailor care plans for women who wish to have care that does not fall within the usual guidelines and help support other staff in order to carry out the care plans. I am contracted by the Nursing & Midwifery Council to chair their fitness to practice hearings, this involves working within a strict legal framework to ascertain the fitness to practice of registrants who have had allegations made against them. I am currently undertaking in my own time a postgraduate qualification in Medical Law (LLM) and have a wider developing interest in the area of clinical negligence.
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.