Christine is a registered nurse, registered midwife and Lecturer registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Christine has completed her Post Graduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Chrristine is currently a Senior Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Practice in Midwifery at the University.
Christine has worked in clinical practice for 26 years as a midwife before commencing at the University in 2009. She teaches on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme and is the module leader for the level 4 – Professional Studies which gives an oversight of the professional, legal and ethical issues which govern midwifery practice.
For the Academic Year 2015/2016 Christine will be joint year leader for the level 4 students and the module leader for the level 5 and level 6 Practice Assessment for the community placement element of the course. Christine uses a wide range of learning and teaching strategies using evidence based information. Christine also facilitates the assessment element of the Mentor Module for qualified midwives to become sign-off mentors.
As a Senior Lecturer in Practice, Christine also provides academic, clinical and pastoral support to students and mentors at one of the University’s host sites; problem solving and supporting completion of practice based assessment documentation. Christine is currently undertaking modules to complete the MSc – Advanced Professional Practice.
Assisted Electronic Communication Project
Christine co-ordinated and managed the Assisted Electronic Communication Project for Kettering NHS Trust as part of the partnership between Kettering Hospital, University of Luton and The Open University. This project explored the potential of information technologies to change communication behaviours and facilitate improvements in health care practice and service delivery. The methodological framework consisted of a multi-method case study approach employing both qualitative and quantitative methods in order to achieve data triangulation. This was a Department of Health funded project which has since been published.
Evaluation Project on the ‘Transition to Professional Practice’ Placement
As part of Christine’s PGCTHE she undertook an inquiry based evaluation project looking into key issues of transiting from student midwife to qualified midwife by spending time with senior midwives or specialist midwives. By spending time with these midwives allows the student to gain an insight into the responsibilities of these roles within the structure of the Trust Hospital. There is also an opportunity for gaining information into career development and enhancement for the future. Questionnaires were formulated using a qualitative and quantitative design including an area for qualitative comments. These comments were analysed to identify the themes that emerged.