Dr Lesley Choucri

Dr Lesley Choucri

Director of Midwifery, Counselling & Psychotherapy

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  • E: l.p.choucri@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

Monday  9am-4pm

Tuesday 9am-4pm

Wednesday 9am-4pm

Thursday 9am-4pm

Friday 9am-4pm


I joined the University of Salford in 1998 as a Lecturer of Midwifery. I have spent 33 years in midwifery practice, education, management and research. I have managed maternity, gynaecology and children’s services in the NHS, instigated new ways of working through designing midwifery led care and worked across the interfaces of education, clinical practice and research.

Current role and responsibilities

I lead and manage a team of midwifery lecturers and counsellors and psychotherapists to achieve the University goals and uphold a student centred approach to teaching and learning. I am the Lead Midwife for Education on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council which means that I have full responsibility for the quality standards of all midwifery programmes of education at the University of Salford.

I am a Supervisor of Midwives at Central Manchester Foundation Trust which means that I have the responsibility to protect the safety of the public. I have a diverse and interesting position and straddle various interfaces of clinical practice, education, management and research at national and local level.


My academic interests focus on midwifery practice and policy, strategic leadership,  risk management, statutory supervision of midwives, qualitative research methodologies, and I continue to teach at every level on undergraduate and taught postgraduate midwifery and leadership programmes. I supervise postgraduate students.

Research Interests

My professional background is in midwifery care and practice. The focus for my research interest is on practice development through action research and action learning.

My PhD study examined the evolving roles of a group of education and practice development midwives as they led change in clinical practice. This developed my capability in facilitation and coaching for leadership roles in the clinical environment and led me to enjoy and use appreciative inquiry approaches to learning and change.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered General Nurse 1977
  • Registered Midwife 1979
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery 1983
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Healthcare Studies (upper second) 1993                        
  • Postgraduate Diploma Health Professional Education 1996
  • Supervisor of Midwives 1997
  • MSc dissertation  “How was it for you?” Women’s Stories of Their Maternity Care Experience: A Feminist Perspective. 1999


Evans, S & Choucri, L 2012, 'Why Leadership, why now? The current state of management of the maternity services in England', MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 22(2), pp.255

Evans, S & Choucri, L 2012, 'Transitioning from a student to a midwife: A first-hand account ', British Journal of Midwifery, 20(3), pp.214-214 -259.

Simms, M & Choucri, L & Mitchell, S 2012, 'Seamless Service', Midwives, 3, p.48.

Choucri, L 2012, ' Midwives and the time: a theoretical discourse and analysis. ', Evidence Based Midwifery, 10(1), pp.1-15.

Choucri, L 2005, 'Practice Development in Midwifery-Developing an Action Research Project. ', British Journal of Midwifery , 13(10), pp.629-632.

Choucri, L 1994, 'Resistance to Change', Modern Midwife, pp.28-29.

Choucri, L 1997 'Care by midwives during labour: Women’s Experiences.’ in: Moore, S (ed.), Understanding Pain and its Relief in Labour, Churchill Livingstone. , Edinburgh, UK.