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BSc (Hons) Midwifery, MRes Public Health
Midwife experienced in hospital & community care. Also trained in paediatric venepuncture.
I qualified as a midwife in 2008 and following my registration, I have worked in a small district general hospital as well as a large tertiary unit. Working at a busy tertiary hospital encouraged me to develop my confidence, knowledge base and consolidate my skills as a midwife. I have worked across all clinical areas of maternity including community which I thoroughly enjoyed. Towards the end of my clinical contract, I predominantly worked on the triage assessment unit and labour ward. I still work clinically, when possible, via our hospital agency in these areas to maintain my clinical skills and knowledge. Throughout my career I have cared for pregnant people with complex needs who require different specialities to assist in their care planning. This provided me with the skillset required to manage complex scenarios whilst working in highly stressful environments. Throughout my practice I have ensured pregnant service users, and their families are well informed of the choices available to them as well as supporting them in the delivery of their children.
My current role of a community engagement midwife involves working across all areas in service improvement as I am deeply involved in the maternity transformation programme. I often review serious incidents and ensure pathways are implemented to mitigate the risk of reoccurrence where required. Prior to this role I worked in clinical research, as well as the safeguarding team for a short period for trial purposes. I worked within a multidisciplinary team working on research studies in obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, and neonates as well delivering COVID trials. I was responsible for the portfolio of obstetrics and gynaecology studies. This involved assessing feasibility of studies, coordinating the delivery, and ensuring relevant training and support is available for staff. This task involved meticulously reading protocols and ensuring all aspects of the study can be delivered in a high-quality manner ensuring patient safety throughout. This role ensured I was familiar with the current guidelines as well as new evidence emerging to enhance clinical care. My clinical skills were also used as I provided antenatal care to those involved within research.
Time management is a critical skill within all my roles to ensure tasks are completed within timelines to the highest quality. My role allows me to engage with service users at a much deeper level, as I can address not only their physical needs but their emotional needs also. Contemporaneous record keeping is essential to ensure data is inputted in a timely manner and it is clearly communicated to the professionals looking after the service user. I am proficient in using Microsoft Office as well as other databases to share data.
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.