I trained as a Nurse in Lewisham Hospital in the early 80's and then worked in acute areas of Nursing. After moving to Kent in the 90's I made the transition to Midwifery. Once qualified I worked in both hospital and community settings developing my interests in public health and professional development.
Since working at Canterbury Christ Church I have keenly worked on the development of the Midwifery curriculum, particularly focusing on how student midwives are assessed in practice. I completed both MSc in Interprofessional studies and PGCE (LT) during the early 2000's.
As a Senior lecturer I undertook the role as Midwifery Pathway Director, which developed my skills of programme management and team working. During this time I continued maintaining my professional registration as a midwife within East Kent Hospital University NHS FoundationTrust, with the additional role as a Supervisor of Midwives.
Currently, I am the Lead Midwife for Education and Academic Group lead for Midwifery at Canterbury Christ Church. The Lead Midwife role is a statutory role, required within HEI’s which provide pre-registration midwifery education. The focus of my role is to lead, develop and manage the educational provision for midwifery within the university. I have continued to lead the Public Health modules for Student Midwives within the University.
Teaching and subject expertise
The role of Lead Midwife for Education has provided me with a national forum to discuss and develop skills and knowledge related to Midwifery education. This interaction is pivotol to the LME role and has great potential for the sharing of good practice.
A Supervisor of Midwives (SOM) is a role which aims to protect the public by empowering midwives and midwifery students to practise safely and effectively, they are independent of the employer and are accountable to the Local Supervising Authority (LSA) and are supported in their role by the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer (LSA MO). As a SOM I have been able to actualise my knowledge and understanding of Professional regulation and disseminate that to my colleagues. I have an interest in Student Fitness for Practise which compliments the role of the SOM.
I am undertaking a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) at the University. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I currently have an External Examiner role at Kings College University, London