Nicola  Soper

Nicola Soper

Registered Midwife


BSc (Hons) Midwifery


Maternity Triage, Labour Ward, Community Midwifery, Midwife-led Units, CTGs


I qualified as a midwife in 2010. My clinical experience has encompassed clinical practice across most midwifery areas including community, midwifery led unit, maternity triage department in a busy obstetric unit as well as helping women to birth either at home, birthing centre or on a labour ward. I am competent and confident with advanced clinical skills such as intravenous drug administration, perineal suturing, caring for women suffering from sepsis, neonatal resuscitation, fetal heart monitoring, assisting at instrumental deliveries and assisting with fetal blood sampling as well as undertaking speculum assessments and performing presentation scans. I have experience of providing care to families experiencing pregnancy loss within a clinical environment.

I managed a freestanding midwifery led unit for three years and not only delivered all aspects of clinical care to families, but also undertook obstetric emergency sessions with staff to increase their confidence as well as undertaking the day to day running of a freestanding birth centre.

I undertake annual PROMPT training (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) to ensure I keep up to date with managing emergency situations and on an annual basis I update my training in the assessment of fetal physiology and CTG interpretation as a mandatory requirement within my Trust. I am trained to undertake the Neonatal and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) and work as a small team of midwives offering this service within my existing practice.

In June 2021 I moved roles to work on a very busy maternity triage unit. This enables me to use a variety of skills daily, working as an autonomous practitioner assessing patients from 12 weeks gestation to 6 weeks postnatal on an individual basis. During any given shift I may be asked to rotate across different areas of service provision according to demand within the Trust. This may include Maternity Triage, a homebirth, labour ward, high dependency care, undertake an inter utero transfer for a high risk woman to another hospital, working on the ante/postnatal ward or in one of our two birthing centre’s or obstetric theatres.

I am currently employed in the role of safeguarding midwife, and I manage the day-to-day operational safeguarding within midwifery. This involves providing support and supervision to my peers and ensuring that the appropriate plans are in place for families with complex safeguarding needs. I also continue to undertake regular clinical work to maintain my skills and competencies in all clinical areas.

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.