Obtaining postgraduate funding

Obtaining postgraduate funding Joanne Cull – Midwife at Croydon University Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019 It has become increasingly difficult to obtain either employer funding or protected time to undertake postgraduate study; one alternative source of funding is the Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) offered by HEE and NIHR. The […]

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Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital

Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital Carol Lambert – Researcher in Maternal and Reproductive Health at the University of Hull How midwives use evidence in practice plays an essential role in achieving clinical effectiveness. As a qualitative researcher, I understand the importance of being reflexive in my research practice. […]

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Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection

Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection Jo Lironi – Midwifery Lecturer and Masters Research student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen This study explores stage 1 nursing students’ experiences of group interviews as part of the selection process to inform the future of midwifery selection practice. Using hermeneutic phenomenology to interview […]

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Sustainability; everybody’s business

Sustainability; everybody’s business Anna Byrom – Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire A choice worth making Investing in our own and others’ futures has never been more crucial. Ensuring sustainable approaches to our health, society and environment is vital to maintaining continued and enhanced prosperity as individuals and as a global community (United Nations 2013). As a […]

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Enabling access to birth in a midwife-led unit; implementation of a co-produced evidenced-based guideline

Enabling access to birth in a midwife-led unit; implementation of a co-produced evidenced-based guideline Maria Healy – Lecturer in Midwifery (Education) at Queen’s University Belfast Patricia Gillen – Head of Research and Development for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs at Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Lecturer at Ulster University There is an increasing emphasis on the need […]

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What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife

What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife Sarah Curran – Midwife, Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland As a student midwife, I dreamed of the day I would be wearing my ‘blues’, confidently walking down the hospital hallways as a fully qualified midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Council pin in hand, ready to […]

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From student to midwife…fifteen months on!

From student to midwife…fifteen months on! Danielle Carey – Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Trust: University Hospital Birmingham At the end of a long shift, the colour of my urine explains my kidney pain, while the associated headache confirms dehydration. The innate need to eat and sleep battles with the desire to shower away hospital germs. The […]

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Harnessing pleasure and purpose

Harnessing pleasure and purpose pioneering a new concept in community midwifery organisation Louise Wilby – Coach at Neighbourhood Midwives Neighbourhood Midwives is a relatively new London-based organisation giving community midwifery care in both the private sector and the NHS. We are pioneering a new and alternative way of running the organisation, and giving care to women that […]

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Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting; establishing a midwife-led fetal growth assessment (MFGA) clinic to identify the high-risk fetus in the low-risk pregnancy Brenda Kelly – Head of Midwifery and Neonatology and Divisional Midwife at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Heather Watson – Practice Development Midwife for antenatal and postnatal care at Royal Jubilee Maternity Services, Belfast […]

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Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University This article is part of a series that aims to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. […]

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