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Advance Diploma Midwifery, RM, RGN
I qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1990. I have practised clinically in most midwifery areas at a senior level, have mentored student midwives and currently work as a Matron for Maternity for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Imperial Private Healthcare. In my current role, I provide clinical support in all areas of midwifery care and have managerial responsibility for a team of 35 midwives and 20 support staff. I provide leadership and guidance to midwives and act as a role model. I support best practice through education, audit and reviewing and implementing evidence based guidelines to promote evidence based midwifery care. I also support midwives with reflection following critical incidents. I have completed the ALSO (Advance Life Support in Obstetrics), the PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi Professional Training) and am trained in advance neonatal life support (NLS). I have completed the Supervisors of Midwives course at the University of West London and have been appointed by my trust as a midwifery advocate. My appointment as a midwifery advocate runs concurrently alongside my substantive role. I have investigated midwifery cases and have had experience in writing case reports. I have supported midwives through NMC hearings and currently investigate serious incidents in the maternity unit. This also involves interviewing midwives and obtaining statements.
After qualifying, I consolidated my training as a rotational midwife. I then moved to a different maternity unit initially as an intrapartum midwife and subsequently as a community midwife. For several years I enjoyed a fulfilling role as a junior sister working as an integrated midwife. I was able to develop my intrapartum skills, including home birth and progressed as a community midwife. As a case loading community midwife, providing holistic care to a group of women in an extremely deprived socio-economic area, I was able to develop my knowledge of multi-agency working and safeguarding during this time, as well as implementing a successful teenage pregnancy group and bereavement services for women and families.
In 2007 I decided to step away directly from midwifery practice and became a Children’s Centre Manager, working for a local authority. My remit was to set up and develop 3 Children’s Centres across a very rural area in Yorkshire. After 3 years, I returned to the local maternity unit to reconsolidate and update my skills for a period of 8 months. I then worked as an Outpatient Lead Midwife. My remit was to manage community services, antenatal clinics & inpatients, screening and safeguarding. I learnt a large amount about maternity services at a strategic level and was responsible for over 50 midwives in practice. A year later, I took a more clinically focused role and returned to being a midwife- Labour Ward Co-ordinator. I was able to really focus on clinical midwifery in practice, mentor students and junior midwives. As well as leading the maternity department, I utilised this time also to complete my access to supervision course and became a Supervisor of Midwives for the South Central Local Supervising Authority. Most recently, I have taken a promotional opportunity working as a clinical lead/manager and now have experience of working in the private maternity sector of the NHS.
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 the Civil Procedures Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
2008 Advance Diploma Midwifery
1990 Registered Midwife
1988 Registered Nurse