I have over thirty years’ service within the NHS. Most of that time has been as a practicing clinical midwife. The unit within which I work is a large maternity unit which sees approximately 6000 births a year. The demographic of the women who access the service are a mix of low and high risk pregnancies, births and post-natal care. I have a special interest in high risk midwifery as this enables me to utilise both my nursing and midwifery skills.
I successfully completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2014 to enhance my role as a midwifery practice educator. I have been a Midwifery Practice Educator since 2009 and this has enabled me to focus on the development of midwives both academically and clinically. I also contribute to training paramedic students in collaboration with Portsmouth University and regularly teach on yearly paramedic maternity update session. I am involved in the recruitment of midwives and maternity support workers.
I have been instrumental in devising a bespoke preceptorship for newly registered midwives in order to support their transition from student to midwife and I have spoken at several conferences on high-risk midwifery care.
In collaboration with the Intensive Care Team at our Trust, my team and I have developed a bespoke High Dependency course to upskill midwives in recognising the deteriorating and ill pregnant women ensuring the planning and delivery of safe and effective care. I have also been involved in the development of the Maternity ALERT system of assessment which is designed to identify deterioration in ill women. This is in collaboration with the non-maternity ALERT team adapting scenarios to be maternity specific. My team and I regularly offer simulation training focusing on communication, human factors, situational awareness and team building.
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