Nicola  Soper
      • Nicola Soper
      • Registered Midwife
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
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      • 01494 799999

Nicola Soper

Registered Midwife

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Specialisms

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

Introduction

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 have undertaken training with the Perinatal Institute and I am a trained assessor for staff new to our Trust or who may be newly qualified to ensure they are safe and confident in identifying risk factors for stillbirth, small for gestational age babies and neonatal death and are following the appropriate, recognised pathways, for using the customised GROW chart.

In addition, I am also a Blood Champion which means that I can assist new and junior staff members to achieving the ‘Right Patient, Right Blood’ competencies in a timely manner and ensuring that national standards are met with regards to transfusions and safe practices. 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 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.