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I commenced employment here at the University as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery in May 2014.
I have been a practicing midwife for 22 years. I have gained both nursing and senior midwifery managerial experience within women's health, across several NHS Trusts in both the North and South of England. I have a MSc in Professional Leadership in Healthcare and a BSc (Hons) degree in Health related sciences. My understandings of the developments of midwifery practice are attributed to my extensive clinical, academic, managerial, teaching and leadership experiences.
My personal vision for a maternity service is multi-faceted however and my aim is that all services are women focused. Raising the profile of normality, normal birth and choice are key in delivering services to women with both low and high-risk pregnancies. Delivering a successful inter-professional service with dignity and kindness has to be presented by a skilled, knowledgeable, competent, valued and empowered workforce. In contributing to the effective learning and development within higher education, I am able to bring my comprehensive understanding of national agendas and NMC regulation that contribute to service developments, education and practice, improvements and workforce planning.
Gaining an MSc in Professional Leadership in Healthcare, has given me a greater understanding of how effective learning and leadership contributes to the success of an individual and for an organisation. I am a ‘situational leader’ and am able to identify and develop people irrespective of their role within the organisation. I have enabled and supported health professionals (both undergraduate and postgraduate), to feel valued, nurture themselves, because I enjoy being able to foster an empowering culture of learning for midwives and student midwives. I am both reflective and analytical, which has contributed, to my being able to recognise my vision of facilitating student midwives to take ownership and pride in delivering a women centered service. Many have told me that I have nurturing and empowering qualities as a manager, teacher, leader and team player.
Being Advisory Faculty for ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) UK also contributes to my passion for inter-professional learning. I am very much enjoying facilitating learning and grading of practice through a structured process and am able to demonstrate clinical practice to students.
I was fortunate to undertake a health improvement science fellowship programme at ‘Haelo’ (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust). This gave me the opportunity to work alongside with one of leading improvement science teams in the UK. This unique opportunity has created a space for me to focus on personal development and health improvement skills. The Improvement Team has given me expert support, advice, guidance and challenges for me to develop a deeper understanding of health improvement science for wide scale change. I was one of the national lead midwives responsible for the development of the Maternity Safety Thermometer. Developing these projects has reinforced my interest in quality, safety and long-term public health. I have recently commenced PhD studies at the University of Manchester; my focus is on the perceptions of safety from women, birth partners and midwives perspectives prior to labour and birth.
Kenyon, C., Marshall, J. and Hogarth, S. (2015) ‘Challenges of mentorship’ The Practising Midwife , 18 (3), pp. 36-40. ISSN 1461-3123
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As part of a fellowship with NHS QUEST and Haelo, I played a significant role in the developing Maternity Safety Thermometer. The NHS Maternity Safety Thermometer allows maternity teams to take a temperature check on harm and records the proportion of mothers who have experienced harm free care, but also records the number of harm(s) associated with maternity care.
The Maternity Safety Thermometer measures harm from Perineal and/or Abdominal Trauma, Post-Partum Haemorrhage, Infection, Separation from Baby and Psychological Safety. In addition we are identifying those babies with an Apgar of less than Seven at Five Minutes and/or those who are Admitted to a Neonatal Unit.
This is a point of care survey that is carried out on one day per month in each maternity service on postnatal mothers and babies. Data are collected from postnatal wards, women’s homes and community postnatal clinics.
Currently the Maternity Safety Thermometer is being piloted nationally with more than 30 organisations taking part in data collection and its development. I remain a member of the Expert Panel during its exciting development. For further information, harmfreecare.org.