I lead the operational and strategic management of the midwifery team in the context of the Department's key operational and strategic objectives. I have extensive experience of leadership in the higher education sector and extensive experience of programme design, development and management. I am committed to providing high quality teaching to ensure students take an active role in their learning, in addition to identifying opportunities for improvement of the student experience.
In this post, I am the academic leader for the midwifery team. I am responsible for maintaining and developing effective midwifery curricula, overseeing the development, delivery and management of pre and post registration midwifery education provision, contributing to the Department's business plan by driving forward the department's key operational and strategic objectives. As the designated Lead Midwife for Education, I am accountable to the Nursing & Midwifery Council for maintaining standards in pre-registration and post experience midwifery education, ensuring that midwifery needs and perspectives are understood within the wider College and that due regard is met. I am a member of LME/NMC strategic reference group and LME national executive group. I undertake strategic partnership working with practice partners to ensure an effective placement learning environment.
My academic interests focus upon infant feeding, women’s health, maternal wellbeing, postpartum care, public health, qualitative research methodologies and ways to capture patient/client voice and experience. I teach on the Department’s undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes and I supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.
My research lies primarily in qualitative work, centring on the context of breastfeeding, whilst drawing from a range of disciplines, including phenomenological perspectives. I am also interested in pedagogical research including research that evaluates the impact of education on practice.
Akuamoah-Boateng, J., & Spencer, R. (2018). Woman-centered care: Women's experiences and perceptions of induction of labor for uncomplicated post-term pregnancy: A systematic review of qualitative evidence. Midwifery, 67, 46-56. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.08.018
Spencer, R., & Fraser, D.M. (2018). ‘You're kinda passing a test’: A phenomenological study of women's experiences of breastfeeding. British Journal of Midwifery, 26 (11), 724-730. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2018.26.11.724
Spencer, R., & Yuill, O. (2018). Embedding evidence-based practice within the pre-registration midwifery curriculum. British Journal of Midwifery, 26 (5), 338-342. http://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2018.26.5.338
Spencer, R., & Yuill, O. (2018). Support for pre-registration midwifery studentsand mentors in clinical practice: a small scaleevaluation of the duty teacher role. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 28 (1), 11-16.
Hinsliff-Smith, K., & Spencer, R. (2016). Researcher perspectives from a study of women’s experiences of breastfeeding. Nurse Researcher, 23 (3), 13-17. http://doi.org/10.7748/nr.23.3.13.s4
Spencer, R., Greatrex-White, S., & Fraser, D.M. (2015). ”I thought it would keep them all quiet”. Women’s experiences of breastfeeding as illusions of compliance. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 71 (5), 1076-1086. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12592
Spencer, R., Greatrex-White, S., & Fraser, D.M. (2014). ”I was meant to be able to do this”: women’s experiences of breastfeeding. A phenomenological study. Evidence Based Midwifery, 12 (3), 83-88. https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Evidence%20Based%20Midwifery%20-%20September%202014.pdf
Hinsliff-Smith, K., Spencer, R., & Walsh, D. (2014). Realities, difficulties, and outcomes for mothers choosing to breastfeed: Primigravid mothers experiences in the early postpartum period (6–8 weeks). Midwifery, 30 (1), 14-19. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.10.001
Spencer, R., & Fraser, D. (n.d.). You feel like you’re being checked up on...you’re kinda passing a test’ : an interpretive phenomenological study of women’s experiences of breastfeeding. British Journal of Midwifery, 26 (10).
- Member of LME/NMC strategic reference group
- Member of LME national executive group
- Currently external examiner for Graduate Diploma/BSc (Hons) Midwifery, Return to Practice Midwifery and Examination of the New-born programmes, Birmingham City University.