Diploma in Midwifery, PG Cert in Public Health
- Labour Ward
- Antenatal Care
- Critical Care
- Obstetric Emergencies
- CTG Interpretation
Since qualifying as a midwife in 2005, I have worked in various settings including Midwifery Led units and Critical Care. During the course of my clinical practice, I have developed an interest in preventing Cerebral Palsy in pre-term babies and I have been involved in a national research programme looking at this area.
My current role is a labour Ward Co-ordinator (Band 7), where I am responsible for ensuring the safe running of the maternity unit as a whole, including out of hours and acutely in the ward setting. This is a managerial role, which includes both clinical and administrative responsibilities, with the majority of my time spent working in the acute clinical setting.
I am involved in dealing with obstetric emergencies of all natures, involving multidisciplinary teams to provide safe care and a positive outcome. Following this I debrief staff involved and record this on our incident recording system and help through audit to record data to improve patient experience. In addition, I review cardiotocograph (CTG) readings during the antenatal period and labour and help plan care. I have found that this is one of the main areas within midwifery that initiates litigation due to poor interpretation of monitoring in pregnancy.
I also work in delivering mandatory training in obstetric emergencies on a regular basis.
Currently, I am the workplace representative for the Royal College of Midwives in my Trust, which involves being familiar with guidelines and protocols, workplace law and identifying ongoing training needs along with attending root cause analysis and serious incident meetings and ultimately hearings within the trust.
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.