Angela Hancock

Angela Hancock, PhD, MRes, BSc (Hons), PGCHPE, RM, RGN, FHEA, V300


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Angela Hancock is a clinical academic Consultant Midwife (Public Health) at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM), and an Honorary Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Manchester.  Angela's work covers the four domains of consultant midwifery practice, which includes, Expert Practice / Service Improvement; Leadership and Consultancy; Education & Training; and Research, Audit and Evaluation.

During a 30 year midwifery career, Angela has been proactive in successfully leading service improvements and translating evidence into practice.  Examples include changing the suture materials and methods used for perineal repair; implementing national recommendations for the use of early warning scores in the maternity setting, in collaboration with the Nurse Consultant (Critical Care Outreach Services); setting up and developing a midwife-led clinic for women with complex perineal trauma; and working in a seconded, strategic role, supporting service improvement and reconfiguration of maternity services across Greater Manchester. 

Current service improvement projects include leading the development of Perinatal Pelvic Health Services and the implementation of the Maternity Tobacco Plan across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent; and developing maternity vaccination services at UHNM. Angela is an active clinical researcher, working at the University of Manchester to support postgraduate research students, and as a Clinical Academic Advisor at the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Research and Education Excellence at UHNM.

In 2017, Angela achieved an Ai PhD (no corrections), funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship.  The research question arose from clinical observations of delayed and missed diagnosis of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). The study used mixed methods to explore clinical decision-making during blood loss and developed and tested a theory PPH diagnosis.  

Angela completed her nurse training at the Royal Stoke University Hospitals (1991) and her midwifery training at Chester University (1993). She has BSc(Hons) and Master of Research degrees from The University of Liverpool and a PhD (Midwifery) from the University of Manchester, UK. Angela is also an NMC registered teacher and non-medical independent / supplementary prescriber, and a Midwife Assessor for the MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity.


Honorary Lecturer in Midwifery (Postgraduate Research)


2022: Independent/supplementary prescribing (V300) ~ Keele University

2017: Doctor of Philosophy (Ai) ~ The University of Manchester

2013: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (Distinction) ~ Staffordshire University

2010: Master of Research in Health Sciences ~ The University of Liverpool

1997: Bachelor of Science with Honours Professional Health Studies (2:1) ~ The University of Liverpool

1993: Registered Midwife ~ University of Chester

1991: Registered General Nurse ~ North Staffordshire School of Nursing & Midwifery


Research interests

Research Interests: Women's Health Research.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Professional Bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (Registration)

The Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

The Royal College of Midwives (Member)


2013-2015: Member of the National Women’s Health Patient Safety Expert Group (WHPSEG) 

Representative of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) on the NHS England Women's Health Patient Safety Expert Group, hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).  NHS England developed Patient Safety Expert Groups to provide senior clinical advice to the commissioning system to support NHS England’s priorities in patient safety and improve safety for women and their babies receiving care across the UK.


Methodological knowledge

Systematic / Integrative Review

Mixed Methods (using quantitative and qualitative methods)

Framework Analysis


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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