Our Senior Research Associate in Midwifery
Who are you?
I am a dually qualified nurse and midwife from Northern Ireland. I have been qualified for more than 14 years and have clinical experience in Ireland, the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. I passionate about improving the quality of care for woman and their new-borns, supporting women’s choices in pregnancy and childbirth and promoting and empowering midwives in their professional role, both in the UK and internationally.
Where were you before LSTM?
I was working in the NHS in the South-Eastern Health and Social care Trust in Northern Ireland, most recently, as a manager in Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit and prior to that a clinical sister on the labour ward.
I also spent 2.5 years working in Uganda, firstly with the International Medical Group as a Practice Development midwife in both Lira and Kampala and then with Voluntary Service Overseas as a Maternal Health Specialist. During my time with VSO I assisted in setting up a maternal health project in Gulu district and performed a baseline survey of maternal health facilities in the district in conjunction with the District Health office.
I graduated from Nursing at Queens University Belfast, Midwifery at Napier University Edinburgh and have completed a MSc in Midwifery practice from University College Dublin.
Why have you moved to LSTM?
It’s an opportunity to work with a world-renowned team that is on target to be a leader in implementation research within the field of maternal and newborn health. LSTM is well-known for undertaking research that is relevant to health priorities in LMICs and works in partnership with the MoH in these countries to provide sustainable solutions to these health inequalities. Ultimately the team is improving the availability and quality of healthcare for mothers and babies and contributing to a global reduction in maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity and that is a team I am honoured to be a part of.
What do you hope to do in LSTM?
During my time in LSTM I will be working within various projects that CMNH is implementing to improve the capacity of skilled birth attendance and improve the quality of care of Antenatal and Postnatal care across countries in Africa and Asia. I will also be working within the team to develop research projects for the Centre and support teaching and learning within the School.