Mary first studied health care at Edgware General Hospital in Middlesex and qualified as a registered nurse and worked as a staff nurse on a gynaecology ward and later in the Accident and Emergency Department.
Mary then studied Midwifery at Edgware Maternity Hospital where she practiced as a midwife.
Mary worked as a nurse in variety of hospitals in various countries including St Finbarrs Hospital in Cork Ireland, Ibn Al Bitar Hospital in Baghdad Iraq, Tralee Regional Hospital in Ireland and Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital.
She also practiced as a Midwife at Walsgrave Hospital (now University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire) and later South Warwickshire Foundation Trust.
Mary went on to continue to study Midwifery by distance learning at Southbank University and attained a Diploma in Professional Studies in Midwifery/Advanced Diploma in Midwifery. She also attained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Midwifery.
Mary first studied Education at Wolverhampton University and attained Master of Arts (Education) in Post Compulsory Education and Training for Healthcare Professionals.
She also attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Further Adult and Higher Education (Masters).
Mary then went on to successfully complete an additional Masters Module in Adult Learning.
Mary joined the University of Northampton in 1997 undertaking supervised teaching experience and went on to secure employment at the University of Northampton as a Lecturer teaching Sociology to Occupational Health Students.
Mary was also employed as a Lecturer at Matthew Boulton College and taught at Only Young Offenders Institution (Only Prison) between 1999 and 2004.
In 2004 Mary secured employment at the University of Northampton as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
In addition Mary has successfully completed the following courses
- Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) (100%)
- ‘Lifesaver’ First Aid at work Trainer – Saint John’s Ambulance
- First Aider at Work – Saint John’s Ambulance
- UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Breast Feeding Management Course
- UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Course in Breastfeeding and Lactation Management for Neonatal Staff
Mary is currently the Module Leader for a level 6 module: High Dependency Midwifery Practice, which provide students with the underpinning knowledge of pathophysiology relating to obstetric and neonatal complications and prepares students to be able to confidently recognise, diagnose and manage obstetric and neonatal emergencies.
Mary is also the Module Leader for a 5 module: Research Studies in Midwifery which builds upon previous research concepts introduced within the first year and prepares students to be able to undertake critical analysis of research.
Mary also teaches on the Paramedic programme and in addition to this she teaches on the Postgraduate Mentorship programmes (levels 6 and 7).
In the academic year 2015/2016, Mary will be the module leader for a level 6 module: Care Planning and Management which will enable students to be able to provide individualised care for women and their families, underpinned by contemporary evidence.
Mary will also be the module leader for a level 5 module: Promoting Normality through Research, which will build on previous research concepts introduced within the first year in order to develop in-depth knowledge of research which will enable students to practical apply research thereby ensuring that they practice evidence-based care to promote normality.
In part fulfilment of Master of Arts (Education) in Post Compulsory Education and Training for Healthcare Professionals, Mary conducted: and ethnographic case study
‘An exploration of students’ perceptions of a return to practice programme for nurses’
Mary is also currently supervising five students who are studying midwifery.
- Huntley, M. and Smith, J. D. (2017) Management of shoulder dystocia using the HELPERR mnemonic. British Journal of Midwifery. 25(4), pp. 240-244. 0969-4900.
- Huntley, M. and Smith, J. D. (2016) An aide memoire: evidence of effective milk transfer: the contents of a nappy. Poster presented to: Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference 2016, Birmingham, 03-04 November 2016.