Teaching & Research
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I have had the pleasure of being involved in the education of midwives since 1995 where I began my teaching career at the Middlesex University, London.
I am a highly motivated and experienced midwifery educationalist with expertise in curriculum design, development and delivery. I am committed to ensuring that at the point of qualification our students are capable, competent and caring Midwives, able to provide the safe and compassionate care that women and their babies demand. Additionally, I am enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring that students experience the best possible learning experience enabling them to achieve their full potential during their journey to graduation. As a Professional Midwifery Advocate providing student support and promoting student well-being is central to what I do.
I have experience of teaching all elements of midwifery education; my particular passion and expertise aligns to the following subjects:
- Enquiry-based learning
- Evidence-based practice
- Normal birth
- Newborn and infant physical health assessment
- Professional Advocacy
- Skills simulation
I am experienced in the delivery and development of our enquiry based learning curriculum and consider students to be active partners in their learning.
I am and aspiring qualitative researcher. I have recently completed my Professional Doctorate in Advanced Healthcare Practice at Cardiff University.
My thesis was entitled:
'An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Midwives’ Experiences of Promoting Normal Birth in an Alongside Midwife Unit in the United Kingdom'
I am an active member of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery research community
I have been a qualified midwife since 1985 and have considerable experience in all aspects of midwifery practice in both acute and community settings.
During my career I have gained experience of co-ordinating delivery suits, caring for women experiencing complex pregnancy and birth; managing antenatal clinics and fulfilling the role of the community midwife, caring for women experiencing uncomplicated pregnancy and birth and facilitating home births. The majority of my clinical midwifery practice was undertaken in inner London.
2015 - Bournemouth University Innovation in Midwifery Education - What Works? Poster Presentation - Innovation poster prize-winner.
Dennis, T. (2019) Can restorative clinical supervision effectively contribute to the improvement of cultural cohesion in a maternity service implementing the midwifery led continuity of carer model of midwifery? MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 29 (4) 433-437.
Martin T, Stephens L , Dennis T, (2018) Introduction and background to the role of professional midwifery advocate. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 28(2) 161-163.
External Examiner BSc (Hons) Midwifery University of Chester