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Christine Furber, Phd MSc BSc RN RM ADM Cert Ed (FE) MTD SFHEA

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Overview

Lead Midwife for Education.

Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Midwifery Education Group

Christine's teaching contributes to the BMidwif (Hons) degree, BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice in the UK and Singapore, MClinRes degree and PhD programme.

Christine's teaching expertise lies in midwifery, public health, baby feeding and research methods. 

Christine's supervision experience at PhD level includes maternal mortality in developing countries and public health topics.

Christine is:

  • Examiner for MPhil and PhD students.
  • University Link Lecturer to  North Manchester Maternity Services..
  • Guest Editor Midwifery journal for edition on obesity
  • External subject examiner for midwifery at the University of Bradford 2016 - 2020

Biography

Christine qualified as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife at the start of her career.

Christine has made a significant contribution to the development of midwifery education for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in her career. This experience has included leading the development of 3 year and 18 month programmes for student midwives qualifying as midwives, courses for midwives undergoing updating and further study, and courses for midwives studying at Master's level.

Christine has always had an interest in health education / promotion / public health. Her last clinical role was to develop parent education services at Stepping Hill Hospital and this included a preconception care clinic. Later, when employed as a midwife teacher, Christine was an active member of several working parties in Stockport and Manchester developing public health strategies.

Christine was Programme Director for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education in the School from 1997 - 2002. During this time, Christine led the successful validation of the first pre-registration Bachelor of Midwifery Hons degree at The University of Manchester. Christine has recently developed online learning within the midwifery degree programme. Christine  has recently led on the  development of a new BMidwif (Hons) undergraduate degree  that commenced in 2013.

Christine  is the midwifery lead in the development of a Master's degree for midwives and is involved in supporting midwives studying for the Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives award at Master's level.

Christine currently supervises 2 PhD students and has successfully supervised 4 midwives to completion of their PhD. Christine also supervises midwives studying on the MClinRes degree.

Christine has completed several research studies involving innovations in midwifery education, midwives experiences of supporting mothers during baby feeding, midwives experiences in practice, the psychosocial experiences of childbearing, and baby skin care.  

Christine frequently lectures and publishes her work related to education and research.

Recent conference presentations include:

MidEd 18 International Conference for Midwifery Educators Bournemouth UK July 2018

  • Interprofessional learning using a case study approach - Amy's story

International Confederation of Midwives Congress, Toronto, Canada June 2017

  • Communication about behaviour change with obese pregnant women

Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Education conference Glasgow March 2017

  • Building capacity in midwifery education workshop

European Midwives Association London December 2016

  • Building capacity in midwifery education workshop

Qualitative research workshops for Pakisatn Institute of Living and Learning in Dubai 2016, 2017, 2018

Annual Swedish Midwives conference Gothenburg May 2012

  • Presentation: Baby Skin Care Programme

Royal College of Midwives annual conference November 2011

  • Presentation: Results of Baby Wipes study

The International Confederation of Midwives Congress Durban South Africa June 2011

  • Presentation: Results of Baby Wipes study.
  • Presentation: Eating disorders in pregnancy.

The Royal Society of Medicine  London January 2010

  • Presentation: The power of language. Research findings and implications for practice.

CMACE National Conference on Obesity Aintree January 2010

  • Presentation: The experiences of pregnant women who are obese: A qualitative study

British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society Liverpool June 2009

  • Presentation: The medicalising of obesity during pregnancy: Forgetting the woman inside

Royal College of Midwives Student Conference Liverpool October 2008

  • Presentation: Using evidence to support and consolidate practice.

The First National Symposium on Midwifery for Turkish Midwives Ege University Izmir Turkey May 2007

  • Presentation: Midwifery Education in the UK

Research interests

Christine's research activity is in the field of public health and midwifery.

For  PhD, Christine explored midwives's views of their baby feeding role using a qualitative approach.

Current research projects:

  • An exploration of the needs of student midwives and nurses in communicating effectively about weight and obesity.
  • Decreased fetal movements: an exploration of women's and health professional's experiences

Teaching

Public health

Baby feeding

Research methods including grounded theory and framework analysis

All aspects of midwifery studies including clinical skills

Maternal mortality

 

Christine is unit lead to:

The Midwife and Public Health unit in the BMidwif(Hons) programme. Public health and health promotion unit in the BSc (Hons) Nursing degree in Singapore.

Promoting Normality in Childbearing unit in MSc Advanced Midwifery Studies programme.

Contributor to Research Design unit, Qualitative  design and analysis unit , and Managing research in the clinical setting unit in MClinRes programme.

Supervisor to level 6 dissertation students, MClinRes students, MSc ANS/AMS students, and PhD students.

Provides academic support at level 7 for midwives studying for the Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives award.

Christine also contributes to the MPH degree in the School of Community Medicine.

Christine has developed online learning over a period of years.

My collaborations

Collaborators:

Professor Karina Lovell

Professor Dame Tina Lavender

Professor  Nusrat Husain

Dr Rebecca Smyth

Dr Carol Bedwell

Dr Tracey Mills

Dr Debbie Smith

Dr Nasim Chaudhry

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

NMC Lead Midwives for Education Strategic Reference Group UK

Royal College of Midwives - Education Advisory group

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Scholar of European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) (2005 - 2011)

Midwifery and Women's Health Research Group The University of Manchester

De Partu (History of Childbirth Society)

Supportive member of National Association of Aboriginal Midwives, Canada

Methodological knowledge

Qualitative methods:

Grounded Theory

Framework analysis

Phenomenology

Ethnography

 

Quantitative methods:

Surveys

Randomised controlled trials

Qualifications

PhD (The University of Manchester)

MSc (Public health and health promotion - The University of Manchester

BSc   (Social sciences - The Open University)

Midwife Teachers Diploma (awarded by the English National Board)

Certificate in  Education (FE) (Bolton Institute of Further and Higher Education)

Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (St Mary's Hospital Manchester)

Registered Midwife (Stepping Hill Hospital Stockport)

Registered Nurse (Adult) (Manchester Royal Infirmary)

Social responsibility


Partnership working with the Manchester BME Network

Manchester Access Programme Academic Tutor

Dementia Friend

Antiobiotic Stewardship

 

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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