Staff Profile


Dr Jacqueline Wier

School Director Research and Scholarship

School: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 924510

Profile summary

I have been a registered midwife since 1989 and have worked in both the UK and abroad. I am currently the Academic Group Lead for the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Team and a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Canterbury Christ Church University. I am also the Postgraduate Stage 3 Module Lead for the Research Approaches and Methods (RAM) and Dissertation ModuleI work within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. I teach at under graduate level on the  3 year Inter Professional Learning (IPL) Midwifery Pathway programme as well as being module lead for the law and ethics in midwifery practice module in year 3.  I have a wide range of interests including Medical Law and Ethics and Educational and Practice researchI sit on the Faculty of Health and Well-Being Ethics committee. I am a member of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work RKE commitee and help support midwifery team members with research activities. 

Research and knowledge exchange

I completed Doctoral Studies at the University of Kent Law School in June 2016. My research project was entitled "Protecting the Public:the current regulation of midwifery". The aim of the research project was to examine the views and experiences of registered midwives in relation to legislation, clinical governance and regulation. In addition I am currently lead researcher for 2 projects. The first project is entitled:  "Making the Transition from Student to Newly Qualified Midwife- an avaulative study of a local NHS Trust preceptorship programme. The aim of this study is to evaluate the support mechanisms for student midwives as they make the transition to becoming a qualified practitioner. The second project is entitled: Moving on from Statutory Supervision: An Evaluation of the Implementation of the A-Equip model of supervision within East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust. This project is in part a development of my doctoral research and aims to explore the new model of supporting midwives in a post statutory supervision era. Both of these projects are being conducted in collaboration with local NHS Trust partners. I am currently supervising Postgradue Research and taught MSc students.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am the Midwifery Team lead for Law and Ethics and facilitate 2 modules per year in relation to this subject at undergraduate level. I am the Masters Research Modules/ Dissertation Module Lead and am currently supervising Postgraduate research and taught masters students. I am an expert reviewer for a national research technology assessment programme. I am a Semior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External activities

I have given a number of conference presentations in  relation to my doctoral research which examined the regulation of midwifery and its impact on the care given to pregnant women, these include: A poster presentation entitled Protecting the public: the current regulation of midwifery. In: RCOG: Women's Patient Safety Day, 16th October, 2015, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London; a poster representation entitled Protecting the public: the current regulation of midwifery. In: RCM Legal Birth Conference, July, London; a presentation to the Regional Conference of Heads of Midwifery and LSA (March 2015) on my doctoral findings. I have contributed to the Kings Fund Review (2015) of midwifery regulation and have taken part in round table discussions at the RCM on the topic of Statutory Supervision.

Publications and research outputs

Kayembe F., Wier J., (2018) Enhancing knowledge and skills through the delivery of a bespoke neonatal resuscitation training programme in a developing country Midwifery 63(2018): 20-23

Lawrence J., Wier J., (2018) The use of drama within midwifery education to facilitate the understanding of professional behaviour and values Midwifery 59(2018): 59-61  

Wier J., Hunchey S., Walker L., (2018) Improving the woman's experience of the induction of labour process through the development of a new pathway. British Journal of Midwifery 26(9):585-590

Wier J. (2017) Protecting the Public: An Investigation of Midwives Perceptions of Regulation and the Regulator Midiwfery 52: 57-63

Wier J. (2015) Statutory Supervision of Midwives: Time for Change The British Journal of Midwifery 23(4):288-295

Wier J. ( 2008) Informed Consent and the Birth Plan The Practising Midwife 11: 17-18


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