Dr Alison Taylor
- 01202 961548
- ataylor at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Deputy Head Of Department Of Midwifery And Health Sciences
- St Mary's Portsmouth
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Dr Alison Taylor is Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme in the Department of Midwifery and Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. In 2019, Alison was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Having qualified as a midwife more than thirty years ago, Alison has gained clinical experience in in all aspects of clinical practice. She took up an academic appointment within the midwifery team at Bournemouth University in 2004 and completed an MA in Health and Social Care Education in 2008 and a PhD in 2016.
Alison's areas of scholarship include breastfeeding and using innovative ways to use audio visual data in research and education. In addition to leading the midwifery programme, she heads up the infant feeding team to ensure that high quality education on the midwifery programme at BU meets and achieves the UNICEF Baby Friendly Award for higher educational standards which has been re-accredited for the third time in 2017... As well as teaching on the midwifery programme, she also contributes to other programmes in the faculty including Nutrition, Children's and Young People's Nursing and Health Visiting.
Alison is passionate about enhancing the student experience through the BU Fusion strategy, with education, professional practice and research informing one another. She has set up and facilitates an inter-professional student-led breastfeeding clinic involving student midwives and chiropractic interns. This has been evaluated to not only enhance mother's experiences of breastfeeding but also to increase student learning and confidence in clinical practice.
Alison is currently supervising PhD students with a special interest in infant feeding and qualitative research.more
Research interests focus on education and /or infant feeding.
- Harvey, O., Regmi, P., Taylor, A. and van Teijlingen, E., 2022. Struggling to reply to reviewers: Some advice for novice researchers. Health Prospect, 21 (2), 19-22.
- Taylor, A.M., Alexander, J., Van Teijlingen, E. and Ryan, K.M., 2020. Commercialisation and commodification of breastfeeding: Video diaries by first-time mothers. International Breastfeeding Journal, 15 (1).
- Taylor, A.M., Teijlingen, E.V., Ryan, K.M. and Alexander, J., 2019. ‘Scrutinised, judged and sabotaged’: A qualitative video diary study of first-time breastfeeding mothers. Midwifery, 75, 16-23.
- Taylor, A.M., van Teijlingen, E., Alexander, J. and Ryan, K.M., 2019. The therapeutic role of video diaries: A qualitative study involving breastfeeding mothers. Women and Birth, 32 (3), 276-283.
- Miller, A., Miller, J., Taylor, A. and Way, S., 2017. Demographic profile of 266 mother-infant dyads presenting to a multidisciplinary breast-feeding clinic: a descriptive study. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 16 (1), 1344-1349.
- Miller, J., Beharie, M.C., Taylor, A.M., Simmenes, E.B. and Way, S., 2016. Parent Reports of Exclusive Breastfeeding After Attending a Combined Midwifery and Chiropractic Feeding Clinic in the United Kingdom: A Cross-Sectional Service Evaluation. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 21 (2), 85-91.
- Way, S., Taylor, A. and Miller, J., 2015. Supporting breastfeeding: it takes a whole community. Midirs Midwifery Digest, 25 (4), 491-492.
- Angell, C. and Taylor, A.M., 2013. Alien knowledge: Preparing student midwives for learning about infant feeding-Education practice at a UK university. Nurse Education Today, 33 (11), 1411-1415.
- Taylor, A.M. and Hutchings, M., 2012. Using video narratives of women's lived experience of breastfeeding in midwifery education: exploring its impact on midwives' attitudes to breastfeeding. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8 (1), 88-102.
- Ryan, K., Brown, S., Wilkins, C., Taylor, A.M., Arnold, R., Angell, C. and van Teijlingen, E., 2011. Which hat am I wearing today? Practising midwives doing research. Evidence Based Midwifery, 9, 4-8.
- Taylor, A.M. and Fry, J., 2010. International collaboration: Erasmus teacher exchange to Sweden. British Journal of Midwifery, 18, 451-456.
- Taylor, A.M., Cloherty, M., Alexander, J., Holloway, I., Galvin, K.T. and Inch, S., 2009. Parental distress around supplementing breastfed babies using nasogastric tubes on the postnatal ward: a theme from an ethnographic study. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 5, 117-124.
- Taylor, A.M., Way, S. and Miller, J., 2017. Newborn Feeding Clinic service evaluation: Midwives working in partnership with chiropractors to enhance breastfeeding experiences of mothers and babies in the United Kingdom. In: 31st ICM TRIENNIAL CONGRESS 19-22 June 2017 Toronto.
- Taylor, A., van Teijlingen, E., Ryan, K. and Alexander, J., 2017. Mothers need to talk, midwives need to listen: Insights from breastfeeding mother's video diaries. In: 31st ICM Congress 18-22 June 2017 Toronto. http://www.midwives2017.org/scientific-programme.
- Taylor, A., Ryan, K., Alexander, J. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. Early breastfeeding support for first-time UK mothers: Study based on video diaries. In: 31st ICM Congress Midwives making a difference in the world 18-22 June 2017 Toronto, Canada. http://www.midwives2017.org/scientific-programme.
- Taylor, A., Way, S. and Miller, J., 2015. Joint Chiropractic & Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to enhance student learning about complex feeding problems. In: Innovation in Midwifery Education ... What Works? 3 July 2015 Bournemouth University.
- Way, S. and Taylor, A., 2014. Joint Chiropractic and Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to support the establishment of successful breastfeeding. In: Maternity, Midwifery and baby Conference 20 June 2014 London.
- Taylor, A.M., vanTeijlingen, E., Alexander, J. and Ryan, K., 2014. Letting off steam! Video diaries to share breastfeeding experiences. In: The International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress 1-5 June 2014 Prague.
- Rawnson, S., Angell, C., Wilkins, C. and Taylor, A., 2013. The right people for the job; testing numeracy, literacy and social skills prior to offering an interview when recruiting new student midwives. In: EMA Educational Conference 29-30 November 2013 Maastricht, Holland.
- Hundley, V., Van Teijlingen, E., Angell, C., Taylor, A. and Ryan, K., 2013. Evaluation of the breastfeeding web pages at Healthtalkonline. In: RCM Annual Conference 13-14 November 2013 Telford, West Midlands.
- Taylor, A.M., 2013. Women’s video diaries: Stories of early breastfeeding experiences......the power of audio visual narratives to inform professional practice. In: The power of narrative and stories in enabling learning for professional practice 16 April 2013 Bournemouth University. Higher Education Academy.
- Taylor, A.M., Ryan, K., Alexander, J and van Teijlingen, E., 2013. Exploring women's breastfeeding experiences using video diaries - Preliminary findings from PhD study. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:Bio-Cultural Perspectives 10-12 June 2013 Grange Over Sands.
- Taylor, A.M., Ryan, K, Alexander, J and van Teijlingen, E, 2011. The value of audio-visual data and approaches to its analysis. In: 29th International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress 19-23 June 2011 Durban.
- Taylor, A., Ryan, K. and Taylor, A.M., 2010. Analysing Visual data: Body Language and more in video interviews of women’s experiences of breastfeeding. In: The 8th Biennial International Qualitative Research Conference 6-8 September 2010 Bournemouth University.
- Taylor, A.M. and Hutchings, M, 2009. Exploring the impact of education on midwives’ attitudes to breastfeeding, using women’s narratives of their lived experience of breastfeeding. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:Bio-Cultural Perspectives 8-10 September 2009 Grange Over Sands.
- Taylor, A.M., 2008. Exploring the impact of education on midwives attitudes to breastfeeding using extracts from a video-based breastfeeding module. In: International Confederation of Midwives: 28th Triennial Congress 1-5 June 2008 Glasgow. Elsevier Ltd.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Unit leader – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers (SBM) Distance Learning Unit - (CPD programme: Levels I, H & M)
Profile of Teaching UG
- • Unit leader – Foundation Knowledge and Practice Unit (BSc (Hons) Midwifery)
- Clinical Link Lecturer and Academic Advisor supporting midwifery students on placement at Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital
- Lead lecturer for infant feeding within BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme
- • Cross teach infant feeding for other disciplines: UG programmes: child health and nutrition
- • Leading interprofessional education in the context of the joint AECC Midwifery/Chiropractic clinic
- Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies an online distance learning unit suitable at levels 5,6 and 7.
- Joint Chirporactic and Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to enhance student learning about women and babies experiencing complex feeding problems (Bournemouth University, 26 May 2014). Awarded
- UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Inititive (BFI), Member of Designation Committee (2014-2017)
- 28th & 29th International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Abstracts reviewer (2008-2011)
- Joint AECC Midwifery/Chiropractic clinic, Lead Midwife
- Bournemouth/DIPEx breastfeeding module (now Healthtalkonline), Member of the expert advisory panel
- Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, Member of National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN)
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- ESRC Festival of Social Science (08 Nov 2019)
- International Confederation of Midwives 31st triennial congress, Newborn feeding clinic service evaluation: Midwives working in partnership with chiropractors to enhance breastfeeding experiences of mothers and babies in the UK, 18 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada
- Innovation in Midwifery Education ... What Works?, Joint Chiropractic & Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to enhance student learning about complex feeding problems, 03 Jul 2015, Bournemouth University
- Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, 10 Jun 2013, Grange Over Sands
- Peer Supporters Conference, 01 Jan 2010, Bournemouth
- Presentation: ‘Women’s video diaries: Stories of early breastfeeding experiences......the power of audio visual narratives to inform professional prac, Enterprise. Higher Education Academy
- BURP for infant feeding, Enterprise. Dorset NHS Trusts
- BURP for infant feeding redesigned (fully integrated online package), Enterprise. Princess Anne Hospital Southampton
- Co-developed BURP for infant feeding, Enterprise. Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust
- PhD in Midwifery/ Infant feeding (Bournemouth University, 2016)
- MA in Health and Social Care Education (Bournemouth University, 2006)
- BSc (Hons) in Midwifery Practice (Bournemouth University, 2004)
- ENB 997 (NMC) in Teaching & Assessing in Clinical practice (Dorset & Salisbury College of Midwifery & Nursing, 1991)
- Registered Midwife in Midwifery (NMC, 1987)
- Registered Nurse in Nursing (Middlesex Hospital, 1983)
- Senior Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2019)
- Shortlisted for the RCM award for excellence in Midwifery Education (Royal College of Midwives, 2009)
- Tricia Anderson Award (The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, 2009)
- The Ede and Ravenscroft Award for the Best First Year Student at Bournemouth University (2001)
- Midwifery team shortlisted for Bournemouth University VC Staff Awards (2019)
- Nominated for Bournemouth University VC Staff Awards (2018)
- Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2019-),
- Nursing Midwifery Council (Registered Midwife), Member,
- Royal College of Midwives (Registered Midwife), Member,
- National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) Universities
- National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) South East
- Member of the Baby Friendly Initiative UK Designation Committee
- Member of National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) - South West
- Member of Wiltshire Breastfeeding Strategy Group
- Member of Pan-Dorset Breastfeeding Strategy Group
- Member of ‘Dorset Breastfeeding Policy’ group