School of Health and Society
Lecturer in Midwifery
I joined the University of Salford in 2010 as a Lecturer of Midwifery. I have spent 28 years in midwifery practice, education, management and research. I qualified as a nurse in 1982 in Salford and after working as a Staff nurse in a Heart Care Unit and on a medical ward for two years I trained as a midwife.
My midwifery experience covers all aspects of the role, however my main areas of interest are community midwifery and the promotion of normal birth. My career has led me to fulfil many roles, such as Lecturer Practitioner and Sure Start /Public Health Lead, within these roles I have instigated new ways of working through innovation, developing public health services and midwifery practice models across education, clinical practice and research.
Current role and responsibilities
I am a member of the midwifery lecturer’s team, teaching both on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Within my teaching role I uphold a student centred approach.
I am an external examiner at the University of Worcester and a peer reviewer for the journals ‘Midwifery’ and ‘The Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine’.
I am a midwife acupuncturist and sit on the Council for the British Medical Acupuncture Society, Chairing the Membership Committee. I co- facilitate a Midwifery Acupuncture Clinic in Salford community.
I represent the University of Salford as a member of the Salford Maternity Services Liaison Committee, working to ensure community engagement and promoting the voices of Salford parents.
I am a Supervisor of Midwives at Bolton Foundation Trust which means that I have the responsibility to protect the safety of the public and promote excellent standards in midwifery practice.
My academic interests focus on midwifery practice, promotion of normality, domestic abuse & safeguarding, acupuncture, examination of the newborn, statutory supervision of midwives and qualitative research methodologies. I teach at every level on undergraduate and taught postgraduate midwifery programmes. I supervise postgraduate students.
My research interests are acupuncture treatment within pregnancy & birth, the history of midwifery practice and exercise during pregnancy. I am in the 3rd year of my Professional Doctorate study, my research proposal is focused on ‘ Experiences of pregnant women receiving acupuncture treatment from a midwifery acupuncture service’.
This is a qualitative study exploring women’s views on acupuncture treatment for minor conditions of pregnancy and how their experiences affect their continued attendance and future attitudes to acupuncture. The professional doctorate study is developing my capability in research methods and the facilitation of teaching on qualitative research methods.
- Advanced Diploma in Midwifery 1991
- B.A. (Hons) Health Studies (upper second) 1993
- Postgraduate certificate in Higher Education 2002
- MSc Practitioner Research 2003 Supervisor of Midwives 2006
- Postgraduate certificate in Western Medical Acupuncture 2008
- Registered General Nurse 1982
- Registered Midwife 1984