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MSc Midwifery, PG Dip Ed, BA, RM, RN, Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing
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.
Until recently, I worked as a Practice Development Midwife for the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 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. 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. In 2015, I became an Expert Supervisor with Somek & Associates, supporting other experts on an ad-hoc basis. 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. In addition, 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.
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