Sara Smith

Senior Midwifery Lecturer and Course Leader for MSc Advance Midwifery Practice

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Research Supervision:Yes

Sara is a practising midwife with a particular interest in emergency midwifery care, antenatal education, professional standards, consent and medicines management.

sara.smith@aru.ac.uk

Background

Having worked in local government for seven years Sara developed a passion for midwifery following the birth of her three children. She was seconded from her role as a Maternity Care Assistant to undertake her midwifery training and qualified as a midwife in 2009.
Sara has worked in all areas of maternity care, including practice development, and has always enjoyed working with students and teaching. She joined the university in the summer of 2013 as a Clinical Skills Tutor and progressed to the role of Senior Lecturer in January 2017.

Research interests

  • Medicines Management
  • Antenatal education

Sara has an interest in how antenatal education can positively affect the experience of women in maternity services, how student midwives learn the professional role of the midwife and how medicines management knowledge and skills can be transferred from theory to practice.

Teaching

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • Module Leader ‘Emergency Midwifery Skills’
  • Module Leader ‘Knowledge, Research and Evidence in Midwifery’
  • Personal Development Tutor
  • Link Tutor East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust 
  • BSc and MSc major project supervisor
  • Course Leader and Admissions Tutor – MSc Advanced Midwifery Practice

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PG Diploma Professional Research in Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc Medical and Healthcare Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Newborn Life Support Instructor, Resuscitation Council (UK)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered Midwife
  • Royal College of Midwives, Member
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Selected recent publications

Smith, S., 2010. To Qualification and Beyond. Royal College of Midwives [online].

Smith, S., 2009. Goodbye My Sweet Love. The Practising Midwife, 12(9), pp. 23-4.