Dr Julie Wray

Dr Julie Wray

Senior Lecturer

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After eights years as a community midwife Julie moved from clinical practice in 1995 to become the first non-medic appointed as midwife research fellow at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologist (RCOG). In 1998 she joined the University of Salford as a research fellow working on a large project with local NHS Trusts and in 2000 I joined the teaching team in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. Her research and passion to best reflect the voice of service users and thier families is as much alive today as the day she started in the NHS in 1974. For example her  very first publication was with a new mother. Since she has published many papers and for 3 years was the joint editor of The Practising Midwife journal. In 2008/9 Julie was awarded the Iolanthe Research Fellowship by Baroness Cumberlege to complete her PhD; an ethnographic study on womens health afterbirth. Last year Julie was awarded a Florence Nightingale award to look at family involvement in care giving in Denmark and Spain. She has lobbied for, and written extensivley on, postnatal care and its power and impact upon motherhood. Julie is committed to doing research that matters to service users and disseminating the results to patients and practitioners so that they can make changes. Julie has a book in press on 'supporting families and carers' which ties in perfectly with this being her 40th year of joining the NHS!


My academic interests focus upon women’s health, sexual health, maternal wellbeing, postpartum care and end of life care, qualitative research methodologies and ways to capture patient voice and experience. I teach on the School’s undergraduate, taught postgraduate programmes and I supervise postgraduate research students.  I lead the School’s user and carer group and seek to involve patients and families in teaching and learning where we can.

Research Interests

My professional background is in midwifery and nursing. My research has centred around postpartum care, women’s health, practice based issues, patient and carer/family concerns and ways to capture their voice for improving services. My interest in end of life care is emerging but centres on preparedness and family involvement. Personally I am committed to working with the voluntary/charity sector and for over a decade have been a volunteer and patient advocate within the Charity sector.

Qualifications and Memberships

1976 ONC – Orthopaedic Nursing Cert.
1979 RN - Registered Nurse
1982 RM – Registered Midwife     
1997  MSc – Practitioner Researcher by Research
2000 PGCHE – Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education
2011 PhD – Doctor of Philosophy (An ethnographic study exploring the context of care and recovery after birth through the experiences and voices of mothers)

2000-07 Chair of Trustees, Brook Manchester
2001- Editorial Board Member, The Practising Midwife
2002- 2006 – Clinical expert, NICE and British Blood Transfusion Service (BBTS)
2003 - Director of Contraception Education (CIC)
2006 – Member scientific panel, International Confederation of Midwifery (ICM)
2006-2010 – Co-Investigator the HoP’s Study: The Hospital to Home Postnatal Study (Funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing)
2009 – Member of Service User Research Partnership (SURP), Breast Cancer Care UK
2010 – Appointed Research Committee, Breast Cancer Care UK
2011 – Joint Editor, The Practising Midwife Journal


I am a joint editor of a leading midwifery journal and a peer reviewer for five International nursing, education and midwifery journals. I am passionate about supporting new authors and students with their ideas and experiences. My first publication was with a patient in 1994 and since then I have published with students, colleagues, patients and as a single author in peer reviewed journals and practice based papers. I have written two book chapters, three national guidelines and several research reports, 50 conference papers and have published in the popular press. A full list of my publications can be found in the University of Salford Institutional Repository