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My midwifery journey began when after qualifying as a nurse I realised that what I actually wanted to do was to be a midwife. I undertook the 18-month midwifery training at Kingston Hospital. As a student midwife I learnt the importance of the role of midwife in promoting women's health, passionately believing that all women should be able to access safe and effective midwifery care. I became an active member of the local Royal College of Midwives branch and at one point was the branch Chair. Although I have always been a midwife, my career has been varied although I remain focused on ensuring that whatever I do as a midwife, it is to support women and their families.
After qualifying, I worked as a midwife in a hospital setting and community setting. In 1991 I made the decision to undertake further study and so embarked on a post-graduate pathway which continues; I am currently completing an Education Doctorate. Along with the decision to study in 1991, I was appointed into a new role, Practice Development Midwife, only leaving this role in 2000 to take up the post of ‘inpatient manager' for the delivery suite and maternity ward.
During this time in practice, I also undertook the programme to become a Supervisor of Midwives (SoM) and was appointed as a SoM in 1994 by the Local Supervising Authority for London. I was a SoM from 1994 until its discontinuation in 2017. As a SoM I was appointed to a seconded role for two years to work with the London Supervising Authority. I thoroughly enjoyed this role and developed an enhanced understanding of the importance of professional practice and midwife accountability in promoting women-centred care. I joined the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education in 2004 after completing my MSc in Midwifery. Since joining the facility I have held a number of roles within the midwifery department and was appointed to the new role of Head of Department in 2016.
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