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School of Health and Society

Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps


I have been a lecturer/senior lecturer for over 20 years. Prior to that I worked as a clinical midwife both in hospital and the community. Currently my role is research-based. I am leading a team on the Baby Skin Integrity Comparison Survey (BaSICS), a midwifery-led project which aims to recruit approximately 700 pregnant women across 3 NHS Trusts in the Greater Manchester Area. This study, which brought in over £500,000 of research funding, is unique in its concept as 'the mother as researcher'. Participants will observe, collect and record data on their baby's skin condition at one nappy change per day from birth to eight weeks of age through the use of a bespoke electronic survey tool


Areas in which I have teaching interests and expertise include: Research methods and philosophies, The midwife & society, The psychology of pregnancy & birth, Supporting physiological birth, Neonatal adaptation to intrauterine life, Simulation of clinical skills, Using art to explore issues around life's beginning and end. I promote learning through innovative and creative methods such as Problem-based learning (PBL), Team-Based learning (TBL) and experiential learning including simulation and have delivered inter-professional workshops to other teaching professionals on these methods.

Research Interests

Details of my current research into neonatal skin integrity are included in my biography (above).My interest in this project encompasses the research itself, but more importantly, the management of the research project. Costing a major project, recruiting a research team and liaising with clinicians and research staff has all been a welcome opportunity for further development of leadership and management skills. My other research projects have included the student experience of PBL, Women's experience of VBAC and A community art project engaging hard-to-reach women in dialogues about health.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, M.Med.Sci, FHEA, PGCE(HE), RM


MacVane Phipps FE, Whitney E, Meddings F & Evans M (2014) Embedding the 6 Cs: Problem based Learning the Bradford Way BJM 23 (5): 330-335

MacVane Phipps Fiona (2016) Global healthcare for the 21st century and beyond IJHG 21 (4):263-267

MacVane Phipps Fiona (2017) The pre-eminence of patient safety in health care governance IJHG 22 (1): 61-67

MacVane Phipps Fiona (2017) Illuminating the dark corners: Using research to facilitate sustainable health care IJHG 22 (2): 121-124

MacVane Phipps Fiona (2017) Birth Rites and the Health & Social Care professions: A Midwifery Critique in JC Ashton (Ed.) Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change Edinburgh: Museums Etc. Publisher

Postgraduate research

*Midwifery (any topic which aims to improve maternity care or explores the experience of women during the peripartum period)

* Health governance *The politics of health care (particularly maternity care)

* Student-centred educational philosophy/teaching methods

* Using art to explore health-related topics