Research Output per year
Having completed a BSc Hons degree in 2000 which culminated in submitting a detailed research proposal titled " Exploring midwives attitude to breastfeeding before and after a two day lactation management course", I was very fortunate to be appointed as the Lead Research Midwife on a randomised control trial of home based motivational interviewing by midwives to help pregnant smokers quit or cut down, “The Smoke Change Study”.
Whilst initially this may seem unrelated topics in fact there were many similarities that where apparent attitudes to breastfeeding and smoking in pregnancy not only from women’s perspectives but also that of midwives and society in general. I learned from my training as a motivational interviewer it is not what you say but the way that you say it being crucial to developing rapport with people. I also learned that controversial subjects such as smoking in pregnancy can be approached without necessarily causing offense or rebuttal. When people hear themselves speak they come to know what they believe. I have tried to share my learning regarding the importance of effective communication with students ever since then. The experience of being Lead Research Midwife enabled me to see the research process from start to finish. During this time I also supervised a research midwife on the CATCH project using motivational interviewing.
Therefore communication and the language we use has become a topic of interest for me, and a potential area for further research study and curriculum development.
Area of academic expertise - outline
Motivational interview for changing smoking behaviour in pregnant women.
Current research activities
Research supervision for undergraduate and postgraduate MSc students.
The use of creative mediums in PDP portfolio, celebrated during the annual midwifery "Gathering".
Desired research direction
Communication in particular linguistics used in teaching for facilitating change in lifystle choices of pregnant women.
Dementia in childbearing women.
Target collaborative organisations
SMMDP, NHSL, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, RCM
External Examiner, University of Bradford2 Oct 2019 → …
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Randomised controlled trial of home based motivational interviewing by midwives to help pregnant smokers quit or cut downTappin, D. M., Lumsden, M. A., Gilmour, D. H., Crawford, F., McIntyre, D., Stone, D. H., Webber, R., MacIndoe, S. & Mohammed, E., 2005, In : The BMJ. 331, p. 373-377 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article