During a career spanning almost 30 years, I have used my knowledge, experience and expertise to lead, influence and develop practice and education. In clinical practice, I was proactive in drawing on the support and mentorship of experts, both within and outside my place of work, to initiate and facilitate service improvements. These range from facilitating a change in the suture materials used for perineal repair, as a junior midwife in 1995; implementing national recommendations for the use of early warning scores in the maternity setting, in collaboration with the Nurse Consultant (Critical Care Outreach Services), in 2007; setting up and developing a midwife-led clinic for women with severe, complex perineal trauma in 2008; to working in a seconded, strategic role, supporting service improvement and reconfiguration of maternity services across Greater Manchester in 2010/11.
Since 2011, I have worked in higher education, both as a midwifery lecturer and researcher. In 2017, I completed a PhD at the University of Manchester, funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship. My doctoral study used mixed methods to explore clinical decision-making during childbirth-related blood loss and diagnosis of postpartum haemorrhage. More recently, I have been able to combine my research and teaching interests through local and international educational research collaborations.
2017: Doctor of Philosophy (Ai) ~ The University of Manchester
2013: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (Distinction) ~ Staffordshire University
2010: Master of Research in Health Sciences ~ The University of Liverpool
1997: Bachelor of Science with Honours Professional Health Studies (2:1) ~ The University of Liverpool
1993: Registered Midwife ~ University of Chester
1991: Registered General Nurse ~ North Staffordshire School of Nursing & Midwifery
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Nursing and Midwifery Council (Registration)
The Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
The Royal College of Midwives (Member)
2013-2015: Member of the National Women’s Health Patient Safety Expert Group (WHPSEG)
Representative of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) on the NHS England Women's Health Patient Safety Expert Group, hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). NHS England developed Patient Safety Expert Groups to provide senior clinical advice to the commissioning system to support NHS England’s priorities in patient safety and improve safety for women and their babies receiving care across the UK.