I am a nurse/midwife - but have primarily worked as midwife both in the UK and abroad. I have worked with relief & development agencies in various places including South Sudan, Rwanda, Pakistan and Afghanistan trying to provide or improve health services. This has included working with healthcare providers in remote rural or mountain communities, a small maternity unit in a city hospital and refuge camps. In each setting I have been driven and fascinated by the challenge of achieving sustainable improvements to the quality of care, and also by the complex institutional, social, personal and political factors that influence behaviors’ and care.
My PhD (Bournemouth University) developed out of these experiences. It was an ethnographic exploration of the barriers and facilitators to quality care for women in an Afghan maternity hospital - particularly from the perspectives of the midwives, doctors, care assistants.
My current research post is to work in partnership with maternity services at Dorchester County Hospital to generate insights into maternity organisation and culture. In particular, to find strategies that facilitates them in achieving their vision of high quality, safe, effective care for women and families - to give their children the best possible start in life.
In addition, I am part of a project working to strengthen midwifery education in Nepal and am a Research Staff Association representative for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.