Linda Crocker-Eakins

Linda Crocker-Eakins

Registered Midwife & Expert Supervisor

Qualifications

MSc Midwifery, PG Dip Ed, BA, RM, RN, Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing

Specialisms

  • Practice Development Midwife
  • PROMPT trainer- obstetric emergencies

Introduction

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1982, and went on to qualify as a Registered Midwife in 1984. I have practised clinically in all areas, most of them at a senior level, and taught both students and midwives whilst working as a Midwife Lecturer at Bournemouth University. I have attended cases at the NMC and have supported staff members who have been required to write statements and / or give evidence.  Within my leadership role, my developmental work with the new Birthing Suite was shortlisted and commended both at local and national level.
 
Until recently, I worked as a Practice Development Midwife for the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and worked in this role since April 2011. This was a multi-faceted role, involving client care, education, and management; providing client care both directly and as support to newly qualified staff. This is across all areas of the midwifery service, meaning that my practice stays current, and I am competent and confident in all areas of midwifery practice, including carrying out newborn and infant physical examinations. I designed and developed programs of education following analysis of the training needs of 200 staff; to fulfil statutory and mandatory training. To do this I utilised national guidelines, recent research, local statistics and academic commentary; enabling me to remain constantly and continually updated in these areas. My line-manager responsibilities were to a group of newly qualified midwives, supporting both in clinical practice and educational development.  I also acted as ‘Board Holder’ through a rota system being the senior midwife for the service across the conurbation and wider geographical area. I continue to work clinically across different Trusts and support service developments on an ad-hoc basis, dependent on need and in response to untoward incidents. 

I regularly supported students in their clinical placements and contributed to assessments via OSCEs. I returned to study on a part-time basis, completing a variety of law courses via The Open University / College of Law; and completed some modules from the master’s in medical law and Ethics programme. I am a PROMPT trainer, providing multidisciplinary training in obstetric emergencies, and ‘live drills’ in accordance with a national framework.

I was appointed by NHS England to act as a Supervisor of Midwives concurrent to my substantive role. Within this role I provide guidance and leadership to midwives and act as a role model. I support the development of best practice through audit, education and implementing of guidelines, which are subject to peer review. Following investigation of untoward incidents I have supported midwives through developmental support and supervised practice.

Since 2015, I have taken on the role of Expert Supervisor with Somek & Associates, supporting other & less experienced experts on a case by case basis. The role requires significant experience in working as an expert witness and ensures quality standard of reports & support throughout all aspects of the expert witness role. This is in addition to my own case work which is split between instructions from both Defendant and Claimant and the nursing and midwifery council (NMC). 

I continue to work clinically for Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation trust across all areas of the integrated service. 

In addition to this, I support student midwives in practice and in the university setting, assessing via OSSE’s. I regularly update guidelines in response to national guidance changes and/or in response to clinical incidents. 

I am a consistent peer reviewer for British Journal of Midwifery and maintain my knowledge and competence through updating and attendance at conferences and symposiums.

I am a confidential enquiry panel assessor reviewing births in midwife led facilities (ESMiE).

I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.

Professional Education
1995    MSc Midwifery, RCN / University of Manchester
1992    PGDip Ed. South Bank University London
1991    Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing, Bournemouth University
1991    BA, Open University
1984    Registered Midwife, Southampton University Hospitals
1982    Registered Nurse, Basildon & Thurrock School of Nursing