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My substantive role is Associate Director for Employer Engagement (Health), supporting the development and maintenance of effective links with external employers in the field of health care. The aim is to ensure that research, education and professional practice activity meet the needs of professional bodies and employers in the health care sector. I am also an Associate Professor, Midwifery and currently have research links with the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health. My research interests relate to aspects of midwifery care, particularly in early labour, at the moment of birth and infant feeding. A number of these areas relate to PhD students I currently supervise, some of which have an education focus.
I have been a midwife for over 20 years working in practice, education and regulation. I worked clinically as a midwife until the late early 1990s, when I moved into education. I taught both pre and post registration midwifery at Bournemouth University and linked clinically to Poole NHS Trust... I left the University in 2001 to work for the UKCC, the regulatory body for nurses, midwives and health visitors. I worked for the UKCC and then the newly formed NMC as a Midwifery Advisor and was a member of a variety of steering and advisory groups across the UK and chaired the UK-wide NMC Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer Strategic Reference Group. I returned to Bournemouth University in November 2009 as the Lead Midwife for Education. From 2009 to 2013 I was the Framework Lead for Midwifery and Rehabilitation undergraduate programmes. I chaired the LME UK Executive, a national body of lead midwife educators, for five years and have been an elected member of the Royal College of Midwives, the professional body for midwives and maternity support workers. I was Chair of the Board for two year (2015-2017).more
Currently undertaking a PhD - Leading the Way: A Case Study of a Student Midwife led Postnatal Clinic
- Hall, J. and Way, S., 2018. A discussion paper: Do national maternity policy reviews take account of the education and training of the future midwifery workforce? An example from England. Midwifery.
- Hundley, V., Way, S., Cheyne, H., Janssen, P., Gross, M. and Spiby, H., 2017. Defining the latent phase of labour: is it important? Evidence-Based Midwifery / Royal College of Midwives, 15 (3), 89-94.
- 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.
- Way, S., 2017. Life on Board. RCM Midwives : the official journal of the Royal College of Midwives, Autumn, 24.
- Fisher, M., Bower, H., Chenery-Morris, S., Jackson, J. and Way, S., 2017. A scoping study to explore the application and impact of grading practice in pre-registration midwifery programmes across the United Kingdom. NURSE EDUCATION IN PRACTICE, 24, 99-105.
- Fisher, M., Way, S., Chenery-Morris, S., Jackson, J. and Bower, H., 2017. Core principles to reduce current variations that exist in grading of midwifery practice in the United Kingdom. NURSE EDUCATION IN PRACTICE, 23, 54-60.
- Cooper, N. and Way, S., 2016. Promoting normality and choice through creating a home-to-home birthing room. The Practising Midwife, 19 (10), 27-29.
- Way, S. and Richards, J., 2016. Get on board. RCM Midwives Journal, 19, 33.
- 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., Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E., Walton, G. and Westwood, G., 2016. Dr Know. Midwives, 19, 66-67.
- Way, S. and Scammell, J., 2016. Humanising midwifery care. The practising midwife, 19 (3), 27-29.
- Way, S., 2016. Beyond the cross roads: the changing face of midwifery regulation. Midirs Midwifery Digest, 26 (1), 27-28.
- Way, S., 2016. Consistent, quality midwifery care: How midwifery education and the role of the midwife teacher are important contributions to the Lancet Series. MIDWIFERY, 33, 1-2.
- Way, S., Taylor, A. and Miller, J., 2015. Supporting breastfeeding: it takes a whole community. Midirs Midwifery Digest, 25 (4), 491-492.
- Way, S., 2015. The voice of midwifery education. RCM Midwives Journal, 18 (winter), 62-63.
- Way, S., 2015. Midwives making a difference: a conference organised by and for student midwives. The Practising Midwife, 18 (8), 22-23.
- Marsh, W., Colbourne, D., Way, S. and Hundley, V., 2014. Would a student run postnatal clinic make a valuable addition to midwifery education in the UK? A systematic review. Nurse Education Today.
- Leamon, J., Way, S. and Cro, S., 2014. Supervision of midwives and the 6Cs: exploring how we do what we do. The practising midwife, 17 (8), 41-42.
- Clark, C.J., Carr, E.C.J. and Way, S., 2013. Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain: Prevalence, persistence, risk factors and management implications. British Journal of Midwifery, 21 (5), 323-330.
- Way, S., 2012. A qualitative study exploring women's personal experiences of their perineum after childbirth: Expectations, reality and returning to normality. Midwifery, 28 (5).
- Way, S., 2011. A qualitative study exploring women's personal experiences of their perineum after childbirth: Expectations, reality and returning to normality. Midwifery.
- Way, S., 2011. The combined use of diaries and interviewing for the collection of data in midwifery research. Evidence Based Midwifery, 9, 66-70.
- Way, S., 2010. Is midwifery at a cross roads? Questioning the need for Midwives rules and standards. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 20, 165-167.
- Way, S., 2009. Raising the profile of statutory supervision - whose responsibility. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 19, 335-336.
- Way, S., 1998. An alternative approach to student nurse maternity placements. British Journal of Midwifery, 6, 702-704.
- Way, S., 1998. Social construction of episiotomy. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 7, 113-117.
- Way, S., 1996. Post-delivery personal hygiene care. British Journal of Midwifery, 4, 633-636.
- Way, S., 1996. Episiotomy and body image. Modern Midwife, 6, 18-19.
- Way, S., 1992. Consumer-led Maternity Care: are we ready? Professional Care of Mother and Child, 2, 312-314.
- Way, S., 1992. Personal Professional Profiles. Midwives Chronicle, 105, 214-216.
- Way, S., 2000. Core Skills for Caring and Assessment. Manchester: Books for Midwives Press.
- Way, S., 2015. Intoduction to midwifery and the profession. In: Cescutti-Butler, L. and Fisher, M., eds. The Hands-on Guide to Midwifery Placements. Wiley Blackwell, 1-31.
- Way, S., 2011. The role of the regulatory body in promoting normal birth. promoting normal birth research, reflections and guidelines. Fresh Heart, 297-307.
- Fisher, M. and Way, S., 2018. Grading Practice: A common framework to aid consistency and parity across midwifery education programmes in the United Kingdom. In: 5th European Midwives Association education conference 2-3 December 2016 The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.
- 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.
- Hundley, V., Sheppard, Z., Stride, S. and Way, S., 2017. UUPP Study: Updating the understanding of perineal practice at the time of birth across the United Kingdom. In: 5th European Midwives Association education conference 2-3 December 2016 The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.
- Way, S., Hutchings, M., Colbourne, D. and Bick, D., 2016. Leading with a SMiLE: exploring a student-led clinic practice education model for educational impact and service improvement. In: 6th International Nurse Education Conference 3-6 April 2016 Brisbane.
- Way, S., Colbourne, D., Hutchings, M., Marsh, W. and Bick, D., 2016. Leading with a SMiLE: exploring a student-led clinic practice education model for educational impact and service improvement. In: NETNEP 6th International Nurse Education Conference 3-6 April 2016 Brisbane, Australia.
- 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.
- Way, S., 2014. Joint Chiropractic and Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to support the establishment of successful breastfeeding. In: Maternity, Mother and Baby: Caring through the science and art of midwifery Conference 20 June 2014 London.
- Cameron, J., Bharj, K., Way, S. and McIntosh, C., 2014. Education and Practice World Café – Escalating Concerns about Care: Working Together to Safeguard Women and Families. In: International Congress of Midwives 1-5 June 2014 Prague.
- Way, S. and way, S., 2012. 'Education Masterclass: New Perspectives on Teaching, Mentoring and Assessment'. In: Midwives Annual conference 21 November 2012 Brighton.
- Way, S., 2011. Fit for practice at the point of registration: whose responsibility? In: Supervisors of Midwives Normal Birth Conference 30 June 2011 Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
- Way, S., 2009. Setting the Scene. In: Supervisors of Midwives Workshop: North of Scotland LSA Consortium 5 March 2009 Inverness.
- Way, S., 2009. Nursing and Midwifery Council Update. In: Accountability and Evidence - A&E for Supervisors of Midwives 19 February 2009 Cookstown, Northern Ireland.
- Way, S., 2008. NMC - what is coming up next for midwifery regulation. In: West Midlands LSA Face to Face Event 11 July 2008 Redditch.
- Way, S., 2008. NMC Update. In: Strictly Midwifery - Dancing to a New Tune: Supervisors of midwives annual conference 22-23 April 2008 Torquay.
- Way, S., 2008. Standards for supervised practice of midwives. In: Supervision in Action Protecting the Public: West of Scotland Supervisors of Midwives Annual Forum 29 February 2008 University of the West of Scotland.
- Way, S., 2006. Fit for practice and purpose: Good character, who decides? In: Educating a workforce or training a profession 14 December 2006 Royal College of Midwives, London.
- Way, S., 2005. Fitness to Practise. In: The Scottich LSA Forum: A national conference for supervisors of midwives 20 May 2005 Stirling University.
- Way, S., 2005. Nursing and Midwifery Council Update. In: LSA Conference for Supervisors of Midwives in London 16 May 2005 Royal College of Physicians, London.
- Way, S., 2004. Nursing and Midwifery Council - Role and Responsibilities in meeting the public's expectations. In: Topical Issues in Maternity Care 24 February 2004 Nottingham.
- Way, S., 2004. Influencing education policy at the NMC. In: RCM Education Conference: challenges and changes October 2004 London. UK: RCM Midwives, 480-481.
- Way, S., 2001. Professional Issues. In: Professional and Legal Issues in Midwifery 11 December 2001 Bescott Stadium, Birmingham.
- Way, S., 2001. WWomen's expereinces of their perineum following childbirth: expectations, reality and returning to normality. In: Women and Midwives: Does anyone want a normal birth? 14 July 2011 Worcester University.
- Way, S., 2001. Changes at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In: Regional Lead Nurse Meeting 17 January 2002 Taunton.
- Way, S., 2001. Antenatal Care: recent research, prenatal screening, preparation for birth. In: Contemporary Issues in Midwifery 28-29 January 2001 Al Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
- Way, S., 2006. Women's experiences of their perineum following childbirth: expectations, reality and returning to normality. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University; School of Health and Social Care.
- Charlotte Clayton, 2021. Impact of a continuity of care model on outcomes and experiences of mothers & babies on a low income
- Amy Miller, 2020. Can a combined midwifery and chiropractic intervention clinic enhance student education and improve breastfeeding rates?
- Rebecca Cousins. Can a combined telephone triage system with a home assessment reduce the number of women admitted to hospital who are not in established labour?
- Liz Davey. An exploration of women's experiences of wellbeing through attendance at aquanatal exercise, and the impact of peer support during pregnancy
- Dana Colbourne. Leading the way: A case study of a studnet midwife led postnatal clinic
- Dominique Mylod. Can pelvic positioning help women cope with pain in early labour?
Profile of Teaching PG
- Preparation for Supervisors of Midwives.
Profile of Teaching UG
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery: Labour and Birth unit
- BSc Undergraduate Programmes: Service Improvement Project
- Health Leadership and Innovation
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery: Integrating Knowledge Research and Practice
- Updating the Understanding of Perineal (UP) practice at the time of birth across the United Kingdom (Wellbeing of Women, 03 Apr 2016). Completed
- Peer Facilitated Learning: An evaluation of the student and academic experience of participating in reciprocal sharing of knowledge (BU: centre for Excellence in Learning, 04 Jan 2016). Awarded
- Can a combined telephone triage system with a home assessment reduce the number of women admitted to hospital who are not in established labour? (BU PhD match funded studentship / University of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, 01 Sep 2015). In Progress
- Practice Assessment and Learning in Midwifery Study (PALMS) (BU Centre for Excellence in Learning, 01 Jul 2015). In Progress
- Guernsey Midwifery Project (Guernsey Government Department, Health and Social Sevices, 02 Mar 2015). Completed
- Can pelvic positioning help women cope with pain in early labour? (BU PhD match funded studentship / IoW NHS Foundation Trust, 01 Jan 2015). In Progress
- 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
- Leading the way - A Case study of a Student Midwife Led Postnatal Clinic. (BU PhD match funded studentship / Portsmouth NHS Foundation Trust, 01 Sep 2013). In Progress
- 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference, A qualitative study to explore UK midwives’ individual practice, beliefs and attitudes regarding perineal care at the time of birth, 02 Oct 2017, Grange over Sands, Cumbria
- 28th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference (NET), 'Real-time service improvement: Preparing undergraduate healthcare students for the reality of interprofessional team working, 05 Sep 2017, Christchurch College, Cambridge
- 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
- International Confederation of Midwives 31st Triennial Congress, UUPP Study: Updating the Understanding of Perineal Practice at the time of birth across the United Kingdom, 18 Jun 2017, Toronto Canada
- 5th European Midwives Association Education Conference, UUPP Study: Updating the understanding of perineal practice at the time of birth across the United Kingdom, 02 Dec 2016, The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
- Midwifery Pan-London Practice Assessment Document, External Appraisal of Midwifery Pan London Practice Assessment Document. Health Education North Central & East London, HE South London and HE North West London
- HEA Senior Fellow in Education (Higher Education Academy, 2015)
- Post Graduate Certificate Research Supervision in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2011)
- Registered Midwife in Professional Registration (Portsmouth School of Midwifery, 1986)
- Adv Dip in Advanced Diploma Midwifery (Surrey University / Royal College of Midwives, 1989)
- PGCE in Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adul (Surrey University / Royal College of Midwives, 1991)
- MSc in Advanced Midwifery Practice (Surrey University / Royal College of Midwives, 1994)
- PhD in Midwifery (Bournemouth University, 2007)
- Education Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives, Member (2014-), http://internationalmidwives.org/what-we-do/education-coredocuments/
- Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2015-), https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/recognition-accreditation/hea-fellowships
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (Registered Midwife), Registered,
- Royal College of Midwives, Chair (2015-2017), http://www.rcm.org.uk/