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Bernie Divall

Research Fellow in Maternity Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

My doctorate, an ESRC/Case-funded studentship, was undertaken at Warwick University Business School and the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences, and incorporated a qualitative study in which I explored narratives of identity among midwifery clinical leaders. Prior to undertaking the PhD I worked as a clinical midwife in Nottingham and Lincoln, having trained at the University of Hertfordshire.

Expertise Summary

My expertise lies in the field of NHS clinical leadership, with an emphasis on the interplay between role and social identities in the construction of career narratives.

In my current role, I have gained a good deal of experience in the subject of service user involvement in research, particularly through working with colleagues to establish the Nottingham Maternity Research Network.

Teaching Summary

Critical thinking

Philosophy of social sciences

Ethics and study governance

Research Methods

Leadership

Cultural narratives

Research Summary

Current research is centred on the subject of birth plans. With colleagues from the Maternal Health and Wellbeing research group, I recently completed an Internet-mediated study of women's views and… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

Current research is centred on the subject of birth plans. With colleagues from the Maternal Health and Wellbeing research group, I recently completed an Internet-mediated study of women's views and experiences of birth plans, and am currently undertaking qualitative research that explores midwives' views and experiences.

Past Research

Heads Above the Parapet: identity construction and enactment in midwifery leadership. PhD thesis, University of Warwick. 2014.

An Evaluation of the Impact of Introducing a 12-hour Shift Pattern to Maternity Services. MA dissertation, University of Nottingham. 2009.

Future Research

I am keen to continue my doctoral work into narratives of identity, exploring in greater depth what it means to be a midwife - from public, professional and policy perspectives.

School of Health Sciences

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