Victoria  Garner

Victoria Garner

Registered Midwife

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice, Advanced Dip in Midwifery

Specialisms 

  • In-Patient Midwifery
  • High Risk Care
  • CTG Interpretation
  • Perineal Repair

Introduction 

I qualified as a registered midwife in 2007. During my career I have worked both in inpatient and outpatient settings, providing care to women throughout the childbirth continuum. My particular area of interest and expertise is high risk antenatal and labour care, including high dependency. I have held a variety of roles which include clinical midwifery, midwifery education, as well as senior management.

In my role as matron for inpatient maternity services, I had responsibility for inpatient antenatal care, inpatient postnatal care and high-risk labour care, which includes bereavement services and elective caesarean sections. In addition, I held operational responsibilities for these areas In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I authored and implemented care pathways for the maternity service. I have led on quality improvement projects and clinical audits. I am experienced in policy development and implementation in line with national guidance, as well as following lessons learned from incidents and litigation. From Coroner’s cases and also legal claims, I have been involved in implementing changes in practice and updating policies to support changes. As a Labour Ward Co-ordinator previously, I have gained extensive experience in co-ordinating a high-risk, obstetric-led labour ward, supporting midwives with various levels of experience and working with the multi-disciplinary team in acute situations. I am proficient in CTG interpretation, perineal repair and IV cannulation/venepuncture. I have also held the post of Midwife Practice Educator, during which I delivered training in perineal repair, IV cannulation/venepuncture, administration of medicines (IV and non-IV) and obstetric emergencies. 

In my roles as matron and clinical leader for Labour Ward I have undertaken investigations in response to incidents, reviewing, evaluating and appraising care given. I have also sat on learning panels so that action plans can be agreed and implemented to share learning and mitigate risk. I am trained in conducting root cause analysis investigations and have been involved in reviewing serious incidents, including never events. I have taken the lead in overseeing action plans, including those for CQC, and taking responsibility for implementing actions. I have extensive experience of people management, which includes capability management of clinical staff through the implementation of performance plans. This has also afforded me experience in instigating NMC referrals for Fitness to Practice and attending hearings as a witness. 

In order to maintain clinical currency, I undertake regular clinical shifts as a Band 6 midwife via the staff bank, predominantly working on Labour Ward and Antenatal Ward. Through working in NHS commissioned services, I also have experience of working within termination of pregnancy services up to the legal limit. My experience extends to midwifery/nursing care for both medical and surgical abortions before and after termination of pregnancy, including aftercare.  

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.