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I began my career as a nurse in Montreal, Canada and then moved to the U.K., practising first as a neonatal nurse and then as a midwife before transferring into academia. I progressed from being a midwifery lecturer to leading a team of midwifery academics then becoming Dean of Nursing and Midwifery in a large university in London. I was awarded a PhD for my thesis `Learning to be a Midwife: The Need to Believe' in 2003. In September 2006, I relocated to Bournemouth University as Dean of Health and Social Sciences and in September 2013, I also took up leadership of the Centre for Excellence in Learning.
I have participated in many national initiatives in health care and higher education. I sat on the on the Executive Team of the Council of Deans of Health for five years following a part time secondment as acting Director of Policy from September 2009 to March 2010. I have always considered the relationship between higher education and health and social care services paramount and have developed strong links with colleagues in practice in the region to ensure positive student experiences...
Taking on the Centre for Excellence in Learning has been a very positive addition to my role and I have enjoyed raising the profile of pedagogic innovation and research at BU, working with colleagues across all Faculties and professional services to enhance the student experience.more
- Thomas, G. and Rosser, E., 2017. Research findings from the Memories of Nursing oral history project. Br J Nurs, 26 (4), 210-216.
- Thomas, B., 2017. Memories of nursing: nurses’ social status and the origins of the RNNH. British Journal of Nursing, 26 (1), 26-27.
- Thomas, B. and Richardson, E., 2016. Memories of nursing: a timeline of the profession. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (19), 930-1072-1974.
- Thomas, G. and Richardson, E., 2016. Memories of nursing: an oral history. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (16), 2-3.
- Thomas, B.G. and Hanson, J., 2014. Innovative Practice Developing social integration to enhance student retention and success in higher education: the GROW@BU initiative. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 16 (3).
- Thomas, B.G., 2007. An evidence-based strategy for midwifery education. Evidence Based Midwifery, 5, 47-53.
- Thomas, B.G., 2007. Learning to be a midwife: the need to believe. Evidence Based Midwifery, 5, 23-28.
- Andrews, G.J., Brodie, D.A., Andrews, J.P., Hillan, E., Gail Thomas, B., Wong, J. and Rixon, L., 2006. Professional roles and communications in clinical placements: A qualitative study of nursing students' perceptions and some models for practice. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43 (7), 861-874.
- Thomas, B.G., 2006. 'Making a difference': midwives' experiences of caring for women. Evidence Based Midwifery, 4, 83-88.
- Brodie, D.A., Andrews, G.J., Andrews, J.P., Thomas, B.G., Wong, J. and Rixon, L., 2005. Working in London hospitals: perceptions of place in nursing students' employment considerations. Social Science & Medicine, 61, 1867-1881.
- Andrews, G.J., Brodie, D.A., Andrews, J.P., Wong, J. and Thomas, B.G., 2005. Place(ment) matters: students' clinical experiences and their preferences for first employers. International Nursing Review, 52, 142-153.
- Andrews, G.J., Brodie, D.A., Andrews, J.P., Wong, J. and Thomas, B.G., 2005. Improving first destination recruitment: nursing students' perceptions of three initiatives in London, England. Journal of Nursing Management, 13, 345-355.
- Brodie, D.A., Andrews, G.J., Andrews, J.P., Thomas, B.G., Wong, J. and Rixon, L., 2004. Perceptions of nursing: confirmation, change and the student experience. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 41, 721-733.
- Thomas, B.G., 2004. Minimising Risk. The Practising Midwife, 7, 28-29.
- Thomas, B.G., Crooke, L. and Curtis, P., 2002. Pre-registration education: learning communities. Nursing Standard, 16, 38-40.
- McCourt, C. and Thomas, B.G., 2001. Evaluation of a problem-based curriculum in midwifery. Midwifery, 17, 323-331.
- Thomas, B.G., 2001. Problem based learning: reducing the theory practice gap? The Practising Midwife, 4, 52.
- Thomas, B.G., 2001. Reflections on facilitation in problem based learning. The Practising Midwife, 4, 42.
- Thomas, B.G., 2001. The possibilities of problem based learning in midwifery. The Practising Midwife, 4, 42.
- O'Reilly, A. and Thomas, B.G., 2000. Evidence Based Midwifery in Action. The Practising Midwife, 3, 32-33.
- Thomas, B.G., 1999. Triggering Learning in Midwifery. The Practising Midwife, 2, 32-34.
- Thomas, B.G., 1998. The development of a problem-based curriculum in midwifery. Midwifery, 14, 261-265.
- Thomas, B.G., 1998. The Disempowering Concept of Risk. The Practising Midwife, 1, 18-21.
- Thomas, B.G., 1997. Midwives Access to the Higher Award: A Management or Supervision Issue. British Journal of Midwifery, 5, 364-366.
- Thomas, B.G., 1996. Teenage sexual health promotion. Journal of the Institute of Health Education, 34, 89-94.
- Thomas, B.G., 1995. Empowerment: the baby bath demonstration. Midwives, 108, 178.
- Thomas, B.G., Crooke, L. and Curtis, P., 2003. Learning Communities: Innovation in Nurse Education. Supporting Learning in Nursing Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Thomas, B.G., 2003. The disempowering concept of risk. Midwifery: Best Practice. Edinburgh: Books for Midwives Press.
- Thomas, B.G., 2000. Be nice and don't drop the baby. In: Page, L.A. and Percival, P., eds. The New Midwifery: Science and Sensitivity in Practice. Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone, 173-183.
- Thomas, B., 2000. Assessment and Evaluation in Problem Based Learning. Problem Based Learning in Nursing: A New Model for a New Context?. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press Ltd.
- Stella Rawnson (Women's experience of student midwife caseloading)
- Lizzie Gauntlett (Building resilience in WP students)
- PhD in Research/Midwifery (Thames Valley University, 2003)
- MSc in Health Promotion (Brunel University, 1994)
- PGCE in Adult Education (Surrey University, 1991)
- ADM in Midwifery (Surrey University, 1989)
- Council of Deans of Health, Member of the Executive Team,
- Higher Education Academy, Principal Fellow (2014-),
- Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registered Midwife,
- Royal College of Midwives, Registered Midwife,