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I joined London South Bank University in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery having previously worked as a Clinical Practice Facilitator at Homerton University Hospital (1999-2014). As Senior Lecturer, I have been Module Leader for a cross-section of Modules from Years 1-3 teaching the Undergraduate and Post-graduate programmes. I have been the Lead for CPPD Infant-Feeding programme. I have also had a tenure as Admissions Tutor. From 1996-1999, I worked in Trinidad as a Midwife; a most invaluable experience. I have a Masters in Education from City University London and a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery from Kings College London.
I have taught and managed the following Modules over my years at LSBU:
Normal Midwifery Practice, A Framework to Support Transparency in Practice, Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding and more recently Introduction to Midwifery Practice. Areas of interest which developed and also invested from previous clinical experiences, included policy drivers and guidelines locally, nationally and internationally as well as government reports and investigative reports to support "normal" midwifery practice. The influence of and impact of psychological, cultural and socio-economic factors were also embedded within the Module. Teaching involved debates, group work with scenarios and the invaluable support from a diverse range of clinical practitioners to allow students to develop reflection and critical thinking.
Within the Module on A Framework to Support Transparency in Practice, teaching was delivered on core areas such as Clinical Governance, Clinical Incidents reporting, investigations and their management as well as causative factors. Risk Management and Risk Assessment, Policies, Guideline, reports were also included. This Module allowed for students to become discerning practitioners on identifying clinical incidents, managing risk and developing skills of reflection and the ability to engage the multi-disciplinary teams, work across a range of professionals and escalate appropriately and with confidence. Role play of scenarios allowed students to identify risk and develop skills regarding how incidents are reported and investigated. A significant assessment strategy was that of a Professional Conversation with individual students and assessors.
First year students were embedded with knowledge and skills to support women and families with infant feeding and this took into account BFI and UNICEF standards, local and national guidelines and policies and evidence based practice. Communication skills and practical skills were also included as teaching.
More recently, Introduction to Midwifery Practice, a new Module within a new Curriculum, involved developing a structured Teaching Time table of content to allow students to gain understanding of navigating the Clinical Practice areas. This ensured the students had understanding of the principles of professional communication skills, behaviours, NHS values as well as LSBU values. Enquiry Based Learning was core to the Module to instil enquiring minds and critical thinking.
Each of the Modules focused on developing the individual students allowing them to progress from novices to experts at the point of qualification and completion of their Programme of study. Each Module had a diverse range of assessment strategies to allow students to play to their strengths and ensure inclusivity.
Midwifery (3 year) - BSc (Hons)
Midwifery - Pg Diploma
City University London
University of Hertfordshire
Kings College London
Kings College London
Thames Valley University, Queen Charlottes College of Health Care Studies.
A leadership role with responsibilities for managing students within the Clinical Placement area. I worked closely with the affiliated University to support Teaching within the University and also in Clinical Practice. The role necessitated the skills of communication, organisation, management to ensure the needs of students were effectively and efficiently managed within Practices areas. The role also involved working closely with the Head of Midwifery, Human Resources personnel, Accountants, Leads for Education. The ability to negotiate and be forward thinking and also be an advocate for students and their mentors were integral to my functions.
My work within this area involved management of staff and an Antenatal Clinic Department within the Maternity Unit. The ability to be personable, caring, compassionate and have great communication skills were core to my functions. As such, conflict management and being people focused were necessary to ensure a Team that functioned effectively and where people felt valued. Patient care within a busy Department was also part of my day to day practice and the ability to work with other members of the multi-disciplinary Team was necessary to ensure safe and appropriate care. As such, record keeping both written and electronic were important.
I was responsible for managing a small Team of Midwives to provide Antenatal, Intrapartum and Postpartum Care. This work also involved working within the Hospital setting and also supporting and facilitating Home Births. The experiences and skills within this role encompassed those of leadership abilities, being able to communicate effectively with staff within the Team and other Teams. Organisation, management, delegation and prioritisation skills were also core to ensure the needs of staff and patient were met.
During these years, I worked across many areas such as Community, Postnatal and Antenatal wards and also the Labour Ward (Delivery Suite). Working within a hugely diverse ethnic and multi-cultural community and population allowed for a wide range of clinical expertise to be acquired. My work also saw engagement with a cross section of professionals and the need to communicate effectively, keep accurate records, escalate situations appropriately were essential.
My experiences within this organisation, allowed me to gain experiences in Gynaecology, Emergency Department and also Antenatal Ward and Labour Ward. As my first job following qualification as a Midwife in London U.K., it allowed me to gain experience in the care of women in another setting. I gained knowledge of the structure and function of the care system in a different country which consequently added to my experiences.