Rachel qualified as a Midwife in 1987 and since then has worked in all areas of midwifery practice, first in Derby and then in Middlesbrough. She has experience in both midwifery-led care and in complicated maternity care. Rachel developed a keen interest in teaching and was responsible for mentoring student midwives and for the clinical teaching of medical students in practice as well as teaching obstetric emergency management on the Obstetric Emergency Training Course for obstetric staff. She is a Neonatal Life Support Instructor with the Resuscitation Council and an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor with ALSO (UK) and has taught on courses both nationally and internationally.
Before joining the midwifery team at York, Rachel was responsible for a training programme for Maternity Support Workers (MSW) and became an NVQ A1 Assessor (City & Guilds) and undertook a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education to support this. The MSW programme was shortlisted for a Royal College award.
Before joining the Midwifery Team Rachel was involved with service improvement work in the community nursing setting and gained an MSc in Service Improvement.
Rachel originally joined the midwifery team on a secondment basis but was appointed as Lecturer in Midwifery in the summer of 2013 with a particular responsibility for the complicated maternity and emergency management teaching, drawing on her experience in practice.