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BSc (Hons) Midwifery, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Neonatal Studies) , PG Dip
I registered as midwife in 2001 after obtaining my BSc in Midwifery studies. After a period of consolidation I transferred into the neonatal unit and I obtained my Post Graduate Diploma in care of the sick neonate in 2004. I have an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice specialising in Neonatology and I have subsequently worked as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP) within a busy level 3 neonatal unit, working on the tier 1 medical rota performing the same role as a junior doctor. I care for sick neonates from 24 weeks gestation upwards. I am also a registered independent prescriber. As an ANNP it is part of our daily practice to review and assess neonates and present the information gathered to our peers for cased based discussion. I often work independently by holding the tier 1 bleep attending high risk deliveries and baby emergencies within the trust, and triaging questions from midwifery colleagues. In addition, as a direct entry midwife I have to keep up to date with all current midwifery practice and I regularly attend midwifery study days, skills drills and local midwifery meetings such as quality of care and perinatal pathology meetings, these MDT investigate local midwifery and neonatal adverse incidents, reviewing care and neonatal deaths for those baby’s who have had post-mortems conducted. Also, I have just been appointed as a CQC specialist advisor for neonates.
I was seconded in 2012 as manager of a level 1 SCBU and part of my role was to investigate clinical adverse incidents, manage risks and conduct root cause analysis within the trust. This also expanded my knowledge of systemically reviewing case notes. Teaching is on-going throughout the working day both with nursing and medical staff; I also teach neonatal nurses as part of their university course at Coventry University and actively participate in teaching junior doctors clinically. I initiated the formation of a regional ANNP forum for the Central Newborn and Trent Perinatal Network which I was chair for the first year.
During my MSc I completed a local research project reviewing the use of New Born Early Warning Trigger and Track (NEWTT) charts on the postnatal ward which has now been implemented into practice. In 2017 had an abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the JENS International Neonatal Conference in Venice on Antibiotic Stewardship (co-author). I have participated in the Peer Review Visit Programme training conducted by NHS England and I have recently participated in Peer reviews panels in neonatal units across the country this has assisted in a clearer understanding of the different levels of care across the country.
I am also a regular participant in the local Perinatal Mortal Review panel and I have contributed in a number of the MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and confidential enquiries across the UK) Confidential Enquiry panels, these are often complicated and difficult cases which requires systematic review of the patients case notes with the aim to examine care and learn lessons from incidents which have caused either maternal or neonatal deaths.
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.