Charlotte Clayton

Charlotte Clayton

  • claytonc at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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I am an experienced midwife and I am in the last year of a four-year, Clinical Academic Doctoral (CAD) programme at Bournemouth University. The CAD programme provides midwives with bespoke research training, which includes conducting a piece of independent research whilst also remaining in clinical practice. The CAD programme is part of the NIHR Wessex Integrated Academic Clinical Training Pathway and in my case is coordinated and supported by BU and University Hospital Southampton (UHS, where I am also a midwife).

My PhD research, ‘The Mi-CARE Study’, has been adopted onto the National Institute for Health Research, Clinical Research Network Portfolio. The grounded theory study is exploring the public health role of caseloading midwives working within areas of social deprivation in Southampton, alongside the health inequality and maternity care experiences of women receiving midwifery caseloading care. Through the use of semi-structured interviews with women and midwives, the research is developing theory which seeks to explain how caseloading midwives specifically work to achieve health equity for women and their babies...


Journal Articles

  • Clayton, C.E., Hemingway, A., Hughes, M. and Rawnson, S., 2022. The public health role of caseloading midwives inadvancing health equity in childbearing women and babies living in socially deprived areas in England: The Mi-CARE Study protocol. European Journal of Midwifery, 6 (April).
  • Clayton, C., 2021. Why is there such a slow uptake of digital technology? The Nursing Times.
  • Leigh, S., Daly, R., Stevens, S., Lapajne, L., Clayton, C., Andrews, T. and Ashall-Payne, L., 2021. Web-based internet searches for digital health products in the United Kingdom before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: A time-series analysis using app libraries from the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA). BMJ Open, 11 (10).
  • Clayton, C., 2021. Embracing the rapid acceleration of digital transformation in research during the covid-19 pandemic: Conducting midwifery research in the NHS as a clinical academic doctoral student. Practising Midwife, 24 (8), 6-9.
  • Clayton, C., 2010. More than bereavement care. Practising Midwife, 13 (4), 22.
  • Clayton, C., 2010. A moment to reflect. Midwives, 51.

External Responsibilities

  • ORCHA, Clinical lead Maternity and Women's Health (2020-)
  • University Hospital Southampton, Midwife (2017-2021)

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • The practising midwife, Anonymous peer review, 17 Oct 2021
  • Midwifery, Anonymous peer review, 01 Aug 2019


  • ARC Wessex