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    I am a registered midwife and have worked clinically across different midwifery areas both in the UK and Internationally.   I trained as a direct entry midwife gaining a first class honours degree from Manchester University, and worked as a rotational staff midwife at Trafford General Hospital.   Following this I then moved to a role as an enhanced midwife (vulnerable women), then became team leader of the enhanced midwifery team at Liverpool Women's hospital.   I then spent time at LJMU with my core role as a senior lecturer in midwifery, whilst carrying out additional roles: BFI Lead, Admissions Tutor, Programme Lead Undergraduate Midwifery and a Faculty role as International Mobility Coordinator.   During this time I also worked clinically at LWH in a specialist antenatal clinic for women whose first language is not English (Link Clinic), where I have an honorary contract.   I now lead the Department of Women's and Children's Health, and am the Lead Midwife for Education, with a remit of management and strategic focus.    

    Research interests

    Currently I am a part time PhD student at LJMU, the title of my study is "Negation in the Childbearing Continuum: An In-Depth Exploration of Women's Narratives".   The study uses qualitative methods - narrative approach and methodology - to explore the stories of women who either concealed their childbearing or did not know they were pregnant - known as negated childbearing.

    I have also contributed to research around midwives knowledge of nutrition and information giving, and muslim women's experiences of maternity care. 

    I have recently written a book chapter on communication in public health midwifery, which is pending publication.

    I have recently become a member of the University Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC), which considers and reviews all health related ethics applications for research across the institution. 


    I have a broad teaching remit and have expereince of teaching midwives, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals, although my main area of expertise is midwifery and maternity teaching.   My teaching interests include: research (qualitative methods, ethics), vulnerable women and families, public health and maternity, professional issues, safeguarding, perinatal mental health and global midwifery.

    Recently I have been involved in the development of new midwifery curriculum to support the changing role of midwives, and the fulfillment of the the new NMC Midwifery Standards for pre registration midwifery education. 

    External engagement

    I fulfill the role for Edge Hill as the Lead Midwife for Education (LME), which is a statutory role with a strategic approach - linking with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and other lead stakeholders as appropriate.  I represent the University at regular meetings and contribute to discussions and working groups around the standards and guidance for midwifery education at a national level. 

    I hold two external examiners posts, at Bournmouth University for Midwifery CPD modules, and at Salford University for the Midwifery Shortened Course (BSc).

    I have recently completed work as an external advisor for a Police force in the region.

    I have recently been elected as a Partnership Governor for Liverpool Women's Hospital, and will be the HEI representative (Covering Edge Hill University, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University).

    I have taken up a role in 2023 with the NCFE (and educational charity and leader in vocational and technical learning and qualifications), as a specialist advisor (midwifery and nursing) for Health T-Levels.   I also am a member of the NCFE Technical Education Advisory Board (TEAB).   My support and participation includes:  participating in the annual review process for qualification content and providing fedback and validation of materials produced, feeding into development work to support with writing and reviewing learning resources and assessments and helping engagement with other subject matter experts.

    I have recently been elected to serve on the Council of Deacons as a representative for wives and widows (representing this constituency), for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, effective from September 2023.


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PG Cert HE) NMC route, PGCert

    Award Date: 1 Feb 2013

    Professional Studies in Midwifery, BSc

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2005

    Philosophy & Ethics, MA, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

    Environmental Studies & Geography, BA, Liverpool Hope University

    Award Date: 1 Sept 1992

    Other positions

    Partnership Governor for Liverpool HEIs, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

    20 Dec 202120 Dec 2024

    Lead Midwife for Education

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute
    • Institute for Social Responsibility

    Research Groups

    • Children and Young People Research Network
    • Narrative Research Network (Education)


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