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School of Health and Society

Gillian Colgan

Director of Admissions/ Lecturer in Midwifery

Biography

I joined the University of Salford in 1998 as a Lecturer of Midwifery. I have spent 31 years in midwifery practice, education, management and research. In practice, I played a key role in the development and management of ‘team midwifery’ an innovative model of care that was woman focused and midwife led. As a midwife educationalist I have worked to improve and maintain effective working relationships across education and practice, and in promotion of evidence based practice.

More recently I have developed and driven changes of selection and recruitment processes across the School and University, ensuring that all courses attract, register and retain high quality applicants.

Teaching

My academic interests focus on midwifery practice and policy, health informatics, qualitative research methodologies and student selection and recruitment. I continue to teach at every level on undergraduate and taught postgraduate midwifery.

Research Interests

My professional background is in midwifery care and practice, though my research interests have arisen from health informatics and the judicious use of IT and information to improve outcomes for clients, services and staff.

My Master Dissertation- ‘Why don’t midwives make better use of computers’ used a mixed methodology to investigate the under usage of available IT by clinicians- especially midwives and its subsequent impact upon practice.

My current research interests includes the collection and analysis of data which may be used to predict which factor/intervention in selection is effective in predicting students who will be successful in their studies.

Qualifications and Memberships

Registered General Nurse 1982

Registered Midwife 1984

BSc(Hons) Midwifery( 2:1)1996

PGCert Education 2000

MSc Health Informatics (Dist)

Publications

Msc Dissertation-‘Why don’t midwives make better use of computers? a qualitative study’

Beckett R,Colgan G,(2011) Family-centred postnatal care. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 21(1):77-82