Scotland’s first clinical professor of Midwifery will explore the various contemporary roles of the midwife at a professorial lecture hosted by Robert Gordon University (RGU) next week.
Professor Tracy Humphrey from RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery will look at the emerging roles of the midwife in a culture where improving patient safety within the NHS is a priority during her lecture, which is taking place on Wednesday, January 29 at RGU’s Riverside East building, Garthdee campus.
“Midwives are riding high on a wave of evidence that suggests that midwifery led care is not just safe, but also cost effective,” says Professor Humphrey who works between RGU and the NHS Grampian, leading midwifery education, research and practice across the North of Scotland.
“Midwives are now being recognised as the key to unlocking the health potential of the next generation and as such have been identified in social and health policy as the co-ordinators of care for all pregnant women and babies.”
Professor Humphrey will explain that in addition to being the experts in what was the normality of midwifery, midwives are now also responsible for identifying social risk, as well as clinical and instigating early interventions across health, social care and other agencies.
“There has never been a more opportune time for midwifery led services to be developed and flourish but as the emphasis on the public health role of the midwife gains momentum, midwives may soon be asking themselves, where has all the normality gone?”
Professor Humphrey will question the definition of normality for tomorrow’s context as part of her lecture which is entitled ‘Midwifery 2020 – Where Has All The Normality Gone?’
The lecture will begin at 6pm and will be followed by an opportunity for questions. The evening will conclude with light refreshments.
To register your attendance, please email Anna Duthie or call 01224 262210.
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