Professional Lead Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education Lesley Kay

Dr Lesley Kay

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Dr Lesley Kay is a Principal Lecturer, the Professional Lead for Midwifery and the Lead Midwife for Education (LME). Lesley has been a midwife for 24 years and has worked in academic since 2009. Highlights of Lesley’s career include her work with the NMC on the Fitness to Practise Panels of the Conduct and Competence Committee and her work with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) as a UK Volunteer Midwife Educator for their Bangladesh Twinning Project. Lesley’s research interests are centred on women's expectations and experiences of birth, global and respectful midwifery care. Her PhD study, undertaken at the University of Central Lancashire, considered how women from two different generations came to understand birth in the context of their own experience but also in the milieu of other women’s stories.

In her role at UH Lesley is responsible for providing professional leadership and academic management of midwifery. This includes the co-ordination of teaching staff to ensure the efficient and high-quality delivery of modules and programmes within the midwifery portfolio. As a senior member of the school staff, Lesley is the key contact point for professional midwifery matters and can advise on a range of issues from curricula content to strategic directions for midwifery. As the LME, Lesley advises on academic standards and quality in midwifery education and is accountable to the NMC in ensuring that the NMC Standards for Education are met so that UH midwifery programmes are fit for purpose and meet the needs of the future midwifery workforce.

Education/Academic qualification

SFHEA, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Midwifery, PhD, Engaging with the ‘modern birth story’ in pregnancy: A hermeneutic phenomenological study of women’s experiences across two generations, The University of Central Lancashire

Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

Primary and Community Care, Master of Studies, Leading other midwives’. A critical ethnographic inquiry exploring the experience of midwife team leaders, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Education, Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Midwifery, Registered Midwife

Award Date: 1 Sept 2000

Midwifery (Pre-Registration), BSc (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

English Literature, BA (Hons)

Award Date: 1 Jul 1988


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