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Catherine Burke

Cath Burke RGN, RM, BMedSci, PgDip, MA

Senior Lecturer In Midwifery


I have a passion for female empowerment and the public health remit of the midwife. I have worked locally as a midwife in hospital, community settings and as a clinical educator as well as strategically on a regional programme of change. I have extensive experience in managing change and developing services which I can share with students on a multi-disciplinary level. I was nominated for an inspirational teacher award by students in 2015.

  • About

    I am passionate about empowering women and their families and this translates within my teaching through my experience of working in areas of multiple deprivation. The research and evidence into practice work I have been involved in reflects this passion through promoting normal birth with women from compromised communities and backgrounds.

    I am also recruitment lead for Midwifery, Baby Friendly Initiative lead and as Athena SWAN Champion, I led the successful Bronze Athena Swan Award for the Nursing & Midwifery Department achieved in May 2016.

    I am a Supervisor of Midwives and link with all midwifery areas within Doncaster & Bassetlaw District General hospital and the community midwifery teams to ensure student experience is optimal and practice partners feel supported in their assessment of students.

    I continue to practice as a midwife, regularly running an Examination of the Newborn clinic and holding a caseload of midwife supervisees as a Supervisor of Midwives at a local trust.

  • Teaching


    I teach across the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Course.

    I teach inter-professional education as part of the Enhancing Quality of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice module. I am Module leader for the following modules:

    • Midwifery Advancing Practice (Level 5)
    • Midwifery Consolidating Practice (Level 6)
    • Midwifery Management and Leadership (Level 6)
  • Publications

    ALBERTSON, Katherine, O'KEEFFE, Caroline, BURKE, Catherine, LESSING-TURNER, Georgina and RENFREW, Mary (2014). Addressing health inequalities for mothers and babies in prison: findings from a consultation exercise. In: TODD, Angela and HIRST, Julia, (eds.) Health and Inequality: Applying Public Health Research to Policy and Practice. Abingdon, Routledge, 39-47.

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