Denyse King

Denyse King

  • Lecturer In Midwifery
  • Portsmouth
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I am a registered midwifery lecturer, a registered public health practitioner and a post graduate researcher. I work four days a week for Bournemouth University and on my non working days I study towards a my goal of achieving a doctorate qualification. My doctorate research is exploring the impact of Virtual Reality Learning Environments on healthcare education. 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).


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.

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.

The impact of virtual reality learning environments (VRLE) on the confidence, knowledge and reasoning of healthcare students and associated impact on patient care in clinical practice.

I researched the impact of virtual reality learning environments on holistic healthcare education for my doctorate. My thesis has been submitted and my viva will be in 2024. My supervisors are Isa Rega, Ed Bickle and Catherine Angell.

Journal Articles



  • 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.



  • King, D., 2017. Safer Infant Feeding Strategy for Portsmouth City. Portsmouth City: Portsmouth City Council. Published.
  • King, D., 2017. Reducing Obesity by Education (of Health Professionals). England: Health Education England. In preparation.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • 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.
  • Maternal & Childhood Obesity (MaCO) Level 6 or 7 Credits Distant learning unit. I do the second marking for source work.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Teaching accross the whole pre-registration midwifery curriculum
  • Unit Leader - Introduction to Professional Practice (East and West Campus)
  • Responsible for Moving and Handling Training for all pre-registration midwifery students on East Campus
  • Moving and Handling - level C, I and H (East Campus)
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adultstheme days for level 4, 5 &6 student midwives

External Responsibilities

  • Portsmouth Libraries, Writer in Residence (2012)

Conference Presentations

  • ALT Open Educational Resources 2018, Virtual Reality: the implications for open educational resources, 18 Apr 2018, The Watershed, Bristol
  • Wessex CSIP Safety and Improvement Conference, NoObesity and Family NoObesity apps poater, 14 Jun 2017, Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton
  • Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference, 15 Nov 2011, Brighton

Consultancy Activities

  • 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)


  • UKPHR (UK Public Health Register), Member (2011-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2010-),
  • Society of Authors, Member (2008-),
  • NMC, Registered Midwife (1997-),
  • Royal College of Midwives, Member,