Helen Bedford
Associate Professor of Midwifery

Profile

Biography

After an early career in clinical nursing and educational research, Helen qualified as a midwife and completed her PhD on the learning experiences of undergraduate nursing students and newly qualified practitioners.

Prior to entering Higher Education, Helen practised as a midwife in hospital and community settings in NHS Grampian. She was seconded as Project Midwife to develop the Scottish Woman-Held Maternity Record (SWHMR), which is used by women and health professionals throughout NHS Scotland.

Helen has extensive experience within midwifery education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has undertaken programme leadership and curriculum development roles for pre-registration Midwifery and MScs in midwifery and nursing. She has contributed to the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) funded Maternity Care Assistant preparation programme and has represented midwifery within cross institutional interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives. Her curricula interests include innovations such as using creative media to support and assess learning, and enhancing internationalisation within midwifery education.

Helen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an external examiner for midwifery. She is also a qualified coach with experience of coaching within Higher Education. In 2018 she completed a three year term representing the Faculty of Science on the University of York Learning and Teaching Forum Committee.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of East Anglia
  • Award in Coaching, Institute of Learning and Management
  • PGCert Higher Education Learning and Teaching (HELT) with Distinction, Robert Gordon University
  • NMC Registered Lecturer/Practice Educator
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies – First Class, University of Bradford
    Registered Midwife
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Sciences – First Class, University of Hull
  • Registered Nurse

Departmental roles

  • Subject Lead for Midwifery
  • Lead Midwife for Education
  • Member of Departmental Management Team
  • Member of Teaching and Scholarship Management Team
  • Chair of Training and Career Progression Committe
  • Academic Lead, Peer Support for Teaching
  • Member of Athena Swan Working Group
  • Member of the Professional Forum Steering Group

University roles

  • Facilitator and assessor for the York Professional and Academic Development (YPAD) scheme and member of the YPAD recognition panel
  • Coach within the coaching pool
  • Mentor within the mentorship pool

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Module leader for Foundations for Midwifery Practice 1
  • Module leader for Professional Relationships
  • Module leader for Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Module leader for Midwifery Dissertation
  • Module leader for Midwifery Practice 4

Link lecturer with the clinical practice area of York for the BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice programme.

Research

Overview

Helen has experience of applied health and educational research, focusing on qualitative research methods. She has interests in midwifery and maternity care and professional education. She has experience of PhD and Masters supervision and PhD examination.

Helen is interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas: midwifery/maternity care; midwifery/professional education, qualitative research.

Supervision

Supervision

  • Qualitative studies within midwifery education and midwifery/maternity care.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Bedford, H and Lindsey, C (2018) Global Midwifery - celebrating journeys: an event to inspire learning and internationalisation. The Practising Midwife/all4Maternity, June 2018
  • Bedford, H and Lavelle, R (2018) Sharing your innovation via a York Learning and Teaching Forum workshop. Forum, Issue 43 (Spring) pp. 14-15
  • Bedford, H; McCaughan, D and Wright, J (2018) Internationalisation within an undergraduate pre-registration midwifery curriculum in the UK: engagement with students as a basis for action in HEA Action-research: sector case studies. pp 932-98. York: Higher Education Academy/Available from: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/hea-action-research-sector-case-studies 
  • Bedford, H C and Chamanga, P (2017) Commonwealth Professional Fellowships. African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. October-December 11 (4) pp. 199-204
  • Bedford, H (2017) Engaging in the York Professional Academic Development (YPAD) scheme: recognition and reflection. Forum, Issue 42 (Summer) pp. 18-19
  • Vanderpot, L E, Swinton, J and Bedford, H (2017) The unforeseen relationship between spirituality and psychiatric medication: A hermeneutic phenomenological study. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 20 (1) pp, 14-26 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19349637.2017.1297692.
  • McEwan, J and Bedford, H (2017) Leading by example. Community Practitioner, 90 (4) pp. 20-21
  • Bedford, H and Lavelle, R (2016) Developing midwifery students' communication skills - student work and assessment to promote professional engagement. Forum, Issue 41 (Autumn) pp. 11-12
  • Rennie, AM; Gibb, S; Hourston, A; Bedford, H & McNicol J. (2009). The development of maternity care assistants in Scotland, The Practicing Midwife. 12. (8) pp. 14-19
  • (2005) Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record (SWHMR) and Guidance for Health Professionals. The current version of the SWHMR can be accessed at: http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/programmes/reproductive,_maternal__child/woman_held_maternity_record.aspx
  • Bedford, H and Chalmers, J, (2003). A New Vision for Maternity Records in Scotland: The Scottish Woman-Held Maternity Record (SWHMR) Project and the electronic Scottish Woman-Held Maternity Record (eSWHMR) Project. The Journal of Health Record Information & Management (UK) 44 (2), pp. 21-24
  • Bedford, H, (2000). Learning Nursing and Being Different: A Study of Pre-registration Undergraduate Degrees in Nursing (unpublished PhD thesis). Norwich: University of East Anglia
  • Phillips, T, Schostak, J, Bedford, H and Leamon, J, (1996). The Evaluation of Pre-registration Undergraduate Degrees in Nursing and Midwifery (The TYDE Project). London: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
  • Phillips, T, Bedford, H, Robinson, J and Schostak, J, (1994). Education, Dialogue and Assessment: Creating Partnership for Improving Practice. London: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
  • Phillips, T, Schostak, J, Bedford, H and Robinson, J, (1993). The Assessment of Competencies in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Training (The ACE Project). London: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

External activities

Memberships

  • Educationalist member of the Mary Seacole Award Steering Group (October 2015 - October 2018)
  • Member of the Royal College of Midwives
  • Member of Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group Maternity Services Liaison Committee
  • Member of York & District Maternity Voices Partnership
  • Member of the Royal College of Midwives
  • Educationalist member of the Mary Seacole Award Steering Group (October 2015 - October 2018)

External examiner roles

  • Programme and Module External Examiner for midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire (October 2015 - September 2019)
  • External panel member for the revalidation of PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Cumbria (September 2015)
  • External Examiner for Midwifery at Northumbria University (2011 - 2016)

Editorial duties

  • Reviewer for British Journal of Midwifery, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Invited talks and conferences

  • Paper: 'Designing, implementing and evaluating an IPE day for midwifery and social work undergraduates: meaningful interprofessional opportunities to meet, engage and learn' 3rd-5th Sept 2019, NET Conference, University of Keele, with co-authors Alison Smalley, Katie Graham and Carole Lindsey 
  • Workshop: 'Creating partnerships for interprofessional education (IPE): lecturer and student perspectives on an innovative learning event' Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, 29th June 2019, University of York, with co-presenters Katie Graham, Carole Lindsey and Alison Smalley
  • Poster: 'Connecting with compassion: Interprofessional Education (IPE) for undergraduate midwifery and social work students' 11th June 2019, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Education Conference, Bath, with co-authors Katie Graham, Carole Lindsey and Alison Smalley
  • Forthcoming: Presentation: 'Designing, implementing and evaluating an IPE day for midwifery and social work undergraduates: meaningful interprofessional opportunities to meet, engage and learn' 3rd-5th Sept 2019, NET Conference, University of Keele, with co-authors Alison Smalley, Katie Graham and Carole Lindsey 
  • Forthcoming: Poster: 'Connecting with compassion: Interprofessional Education (IPE) for undergraduate midwifery and social work students' 11th June 2019, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Education Conference, Bath, with co-authors Katie Graham, Carole Lindsey and Alison Smalley
  • Presentation: Guest speaker for the Springboard Programme, 13th February 2019, University of York
  • Paper: 'Using action research and scholarship for impact: A case study of internationalisation within UK midwifery education' 5th-6th July 2018, Second International Midwifery Education Conference, Bournemouth University,  Bournemouth
  • Poster ‘The Mary Seacole Awards: opportunities for midwifery leadership and professional development to enhance Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) health agendas' 5th - 6th July 2018, Second International Midwifery Education Conference, Bournemouth University,  Bournemouth with co-authors Gergana Nikolova and Janet Fyle
  • Paper:  ‘Amazing but daunting’: Enhancing students’ communication skills via ‘safe’ simulation with professional actors and 360 degree feedback' 1st Nov 2017, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference, Manchester Central, Manchester with co-presenters Rachel Lavelle and Suzanne Stamoulos
  • Poster:  ‘The Mary Seacole Awards: opportunities for midwifery leadership and professional development to enhance Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) health agendas' 31st Oct - 1st Nov 2017, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference, Manchester Central, Manchester with co-authors Gergana Nikolova and Janet Fyle
  • Paper: 'Internationalisation within a UK pre-registration midwifery curriculum: students' voices' 7th June 2017, 'Global Midwifery - celebrating journeys' University of York, York.
  • Workshop: 'Exploring 360 degree feedback to develop undergraduates' communication skills' 21st March 2017, York Learning and Teaching Forum workshop, University of York with co-facilitator Rachel Lavelle
  • Paper: 'Internationalisation within a UK pre-registration midwifery curriculum: students' views on the nature, value and potential for learning', 2nd December 2016, European Midwives Association (EMA) Conference, Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, London.
  • Paper: 'No passport? No problem! Enhancing international engagement and evidencing learning within midwifery education via a self-reflective audit tool' 5th May 2016. Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference (online)
  • Paper: 'Embracing opportunities to enhance internationalisation within nursing: promoting and evidencing learning via a self-reflective audit tool' 15th March 2016. Royal College of Nursing Education Forum International Conference and Exhibition, Telford International Centre, Telford
  • Poster: ‘Early Clinical Careers Fellowships (ECCF): nurturing midwifery leadership in Scotland' 3rd July 2015, ‘Innovation in midwifery education…what works?’ Conference, Bournemouth University, with co-authors Sarah Humphrey, Nicola Mackay and Katie Winters
  • Poster: ‘Realising a global midwifery community: Evidencing professional learning to promote internationalisation agendas within Higher Education’. 3rd July 2015, ‘Innovation in midwifery education…what works?’ Conference, Bournemouth University 
  • Paper: ‘Enhancing creativity in midwifery education: developing a practical philosophy of care’. 13th - 14th November 2012, Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference, Brighton, (co-presenter with Dr Annie Lau, Robert Gordon University)
  • Paper: ‘The Scottish Woman-Held Maternity (SWHMR) project’. 30th September 2005, Celebrating Achievements in Enhancing Patient Care Conference, Robert Gordon University
  • Co-organiser: ‘Midwives Promoting Normality’ Conference. 8th September 2005, Robert Gordon University

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Dr Helen Bedford
Associate Professor of Midwifery

Tel: 01904 32(1649)

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