Senior Lecturer, Midwifery & Women’s Health
Institute of Health & Society
tel: 01905 85 5366
As an educator, my aim is to prepare students for professional practice and develop their capacity to lead and enlarge the midwifery profession. I was awarded a University of Worcester Senior Teaching Fellowship in 2010 and have been nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship.
My current research interests include my PhD work on improving hospital midwives' confidence in water birth practice; students' experiences of reflective learning and assessment on professional degree programmes; and the student transition to Higher Education.
NMC Accredited Teacher
PG Cert. Learning & Teaching HE
BSc. (Hons) Advanced Professional Studies
Registered Midwife (RM)
Registered General Nurse (RGN)
- University of Worcester Senior Teaching Fellow
- RCM Ruth Davies Research Bursary Winner
- National Teaching Fellow Nominee
Teaching & Research
- Normal childbirth
- Clinical decision making
- Politics of maternity care
- Models of maternity care
- Midwives experiences of promoting normal childbirth on consultant led units
- Changing hospital midwives water birth practice behaviours
- Supporting student transition into Higher Education Academy
- Does reflection prepare students for professional practice?
Professional Experience & Expertise
- Clinical midwife in hospital and community settings for 14 years
- Royal College of Midwifery – council member 2007-2011
- Member of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academia
Russell, K. (2011). Struggling to get into the pool room. A critical discourse analysis of midwives water birth practices. The International Journal of childbirth, Vol. 1, No 1, March.
Russell, K. Martin, L. Scott, I (2010). Preparing to Teach at The University of Worcester. University of Worcester: Worcester.
Russell, K. (2010). Midwifery Conferences - What’s the point? The Practising Midwife, Vol. 13, no 7, July/August.
Russell, K. Walsh, D. (2009) Can the use of behavioural intervention studies support change in professional practice behaviours? A systematic review of the literature. Evidence Based Midwifery Journal, RCM, 7 (2): 54-59 June.
Russell, K. (2008) Watching and Waiting: the facilitation of birth at home In Edwins, J (Ed.) Community Midwifery Practice. Blackwell, Chichester: 25-46.
Russell, K (2007) Mad, bad or different? Midwives’ experiences of supporting normal birth in obstetric led units British Journal of Midwifery 5:3 pages128-131
- Member of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust R&D committee
- External Examiner Teesside University