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As an antenatal screening coordinator I am responsible for the management, coordination and smooth running of the antenatal infection screening programme within BHSCT.
Registered Midwife with specialist knowledge and skills in antenatal screening.
Registered Nurse (1985)
Registered Midwife (1990)
Diploma in Professional Studies in Midwifery
Examination of the Newborn
Hospital Night Sister (2001) and Ward Sister (2005)
Supervisor of Midwives
In 2011, I was working as a ward manager in the postnatal ward. At that time there was a restructuring of maternity services and I was asked to consider taking on the role of the Antenatal Screening Coordinator. I reluctantly took on the role, however in the last eight years I have grown and developed the antenatal screening service within the BHSCT to improve the continuity of care for women with positive antenatal infection screens as well as provide learning and development opportunities for a wide range of healthcare staff.
The most enjoyable aspect of my work will always be working with women to provide them with the appropriate advice and support especially when there is a diagnosis of HIV, hepatitis or syphilis. Being able to offer reassurance and support to these woman so that they can have a positive experience and an enjoyable pregnancy are so important.
I also enjoy working at part of a multidisciplinary team providing a service to improve outcomes for mothers and babies.
Keeping staff updated with the latest information so that they can provide the best care for women and their babies.
Delivering mandatory training programmes.
I feel that developing, running, monitoring and updating the antenatal screening service is my greatest success. Achieving high compliance rates within audits, improvement in the care provided to women and an increased understanding of antenatal screening programmes among staff and clients has also been a positive aspect of my work.
Research the role in detail and consider what this would mean for their future career developments.
Have an interest in antenatal care and commitment to women with complex needs.
Be comfortable with presenting information/training to large numbers of staff on a regular basis.
Be prepared to audit and compile reports on a regular basis to assess the screening programmes.
I feel I have developed an in-depth knowledge in this specialist field.
I have developed my communication skills to support service users and health professionals, in particular, managing resistance to change.
I have gained confidence in presenting to an audience and adjusting my education programmes based on feedback from staff.
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