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I am a registered midwifery lecturer teaching midwifery two days per week, and a registered public health practitioner, working two days per week for my local Public Health Department. I also write for adults and children (http://www.djkirkby.co.uk/), am a patron of reading (http://www.deekirkby.co.uk/patron-of-reading/), an event director for a weekly 2k junior parkrun which regularly attracts 100 participants (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/eastney-juniors/), I enjoy competing in duathlons and am training to take up the challenge of my first triathlon. At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, in addition to dyslexia and dyspraxia (which definitely explains a lot of things including why I can’t read a tube map).
This research is intended to support the development of The Collaborative Alternative Augmented Reality Series (CAARS) - this research will be a scoping project, Creation of a 3D virtual environment that can be used across a wide range of subjects in health and associated subjects.The project will test the affordances of fully immersive and mixed reality experiences from the student point of view in relation to the perceived theory:practice gap. The results from the tests will then by analysed to identify if and how student's feelings and perceptions have changed as a result of their experiences.
I am currently researching the effectiveness of MaCO as a learning experience from learners ranging from nursery nurses through healthcare students, and qualified professionals such as school nurses, health visitors, midwives and GPs. I also spent an enjoyable few months working in partnership with Fotini Tsofliou - one of the senior team in the nutrition department - in order to enhance MaCO in this area. This has been an experience that we both enjoyed and as I am currently in discussion with a major textbook publisher about writing a textbook on the subject of maternal and childhood obesity and I have invited Fotini to contribute to the chapters on nutrition.
- King, D., 2011. Providing effective maternity care for women affected by fibromyalgia. British Journal of Midwifery, 19, 1-5.
- King, D., 2011. Providing effective maternity care for women affected by fibromyalgia. British Journal of Midwifery, 19 (3), 158-162.
- King, D., 2016. Oral Health chapter in Portsmouth Public Health Annual Review 2015. Public Health Anual Review for 2015: Public Health Portsmouth (Portsmouth City Council).
- King, D., 2015. Foreword to The New Parents Survival Guide. The New Parents' Survival Guide The First Three Months. Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Maternal & Childhood Obesity (MaCO) Level 6 or 7 Credits Distant learning unit. I do the second marking for source work.
- Unit Leader - Maternal and Childhood Obesity (MaCO) stand-alone distance learning package on the East and West. Studied by all UG midwifery students as well as PG students from many different disciplines including specialist midwives, practice nurses, school nurses, doctors and consultants in public health.
Profile of Teaching UG
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable adultstheme days for level 4, 5 &6 student midwives
- Moving and Handling - level C, I and H (East Campus)
- Responsible for Moving and Handling Training for all pre-registration midwifery students on East Campus
- Unit Leader - Introduction to Professional Practice (East and West Campus)
- Teaching accross the whole pre-registration midwifery curriculum
- Portsmouth Libraries, Writer in Residence (2012-)
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference, 15 Nov 2011, Brighton
- ROBE HP, Freelance health professional education content writing. Commissioned by Health Education England
- Public Health Practitioner in Public Health (UKPHR, 2011)
- Education in Midwifery (2010)
- MSc in Midwifery (2003)
- Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2010-),
- NMC, Registered Midwife (1997-),
- Royal College of Midwives, Member,
- Society of Authors, Member (2008-),
- UKPHR (UK Public Health Register), Member (2011-),