University of Manchester

Midwifery and Women’s Health

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is a  highly rated provider of nursing, midwifery and social work education and research locally, nationally and globally.

The School  is committed to educating health professionals to the highest standards and delivering high quality multidisciplinary research targeted at improving health and social care delivery.

Our meaningful and collaborative partnerships with practitioners, users, service providers,  other stakeholders and external agencies enable us to develop innovative and contemporary education programmes and cutting-edge research. We work closely with local practitioners and users to ensure that our programmes meet the needs of  our surrounding communities.

The School hosts undergraduate programmes in midwifery (BMidwif), nursing (BNurs), and post registration BSc Nursing / Midwifery Practice (Hons) degrees for home students. Furthermore, the School hosts an undergraduate BSc Nursing Practice (Hons) degree in Singapore. Postgraduate programmes include the MClinRes and MRes Health and Social Care degrees.  Research postgraduate programmes include MPhil and PhD.

The School boasts a national and international reputation for teaching and research across nursing, midwifery, social work and related disciplines.  The School was the top rated institution for Nursing & Midwifery research in the UK RAE2008 with 85% of research being world leading or world class.  Our Social Work research also has a good reputation with nearly half world leading or world class.

Members of the Midwifery and Women’s Health research group sits within the general theme of Social Care and Population Health are engaged in research that is theoretically informed and empirically rigorous. Research activity is unrestricted to specific methodologies. Our current research programme, for example, includes studies on stillbirth, intrapartum care, obesity and pregnancy complications. Users’ involvement is considered pivotal to much of the activity. We have a strong commitment to develop distinctive, internationally-recognised research in topic areas of relevance to clinical practice and maternity policy.

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The Midwifery and Women’s Health Research Group is aligned with the Centre for Global Women’s Health, bringing opportunities for impact on a global scale.

Global Women’s Health

This programme aims to promote improvements in women’s health in low/mid resource settings through education, research and clinical practice. We draw on multi-disciplinary expertise to address issues related to the whole life course of women, from adolescents to maturity. Research focus is primarily on low cost interventions within non-communicable diseases, with further emphasis on quality of life. Questions related to the biological, social, psychological and clinical life course of women are addressed. Research feeds directly into our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Some of our activities are listed below:

  • Developing strategies to develop midwifery research capacity in six ECSA countries as part of the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN)
  • Visiting Professor post at University of Nairobi
  • Contributing to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, research priority setting and midwifery education strategy
  • Editorial roles in the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health
  • Conducting high quality systematic reviews to inform and strengthen the evidence base
  • Engaging with relevant technologies to improve the care of women in low and middle-income settings

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