The University of Leicester is pushing the boundaries of Midwifery and Nursing training which is being led by Professors Jayne Marshall and Dave Clarke, who bring to the University a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise from both education and practice.
Jayne’s appointment at the University of Leicester is to develop and implement an innovative 4 year pre-registration Master in Science Midwifery with Leadership programme for aspiring leaders of the midwifery profession: be it in clinical practice, education or research. For nursing, Dave is developing a 4-year dual registration BSc (Hons) Nursing with leadership: adult with mental health and children’s nursing with mental health. The introduction of midwifery and nursing programmes at the University of Leicester will support the College of Medicine’s aspiration to form a School of Allied Health Professions and further enhance inter-professional learning and working.
The notion of leadership is to be shared and embedded innovation and students will work alongside leaders in the field as well as gaining the practical experience through excellent mentorship in the practice setting.
It is vital the programme is developed in partnership with local service users and staff within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to ensure that the future midwifery and nursing workforce has the knowledge and skills required for the demands of an increasing diverse childbearing and general population and the complex health care needs some may present with.
A unique aspect of the programme is the joint partnership with the Trust enabling the teaching to be shared between academics and clinical staff. Research nurses and midwives will have honorary contracts with the University to enable them to teach the students in the classroom setting.
The plan now that Jayne and Dave are immersed in the programme is to gain NMC approval as an Accredited Educational Institution which will then enable progression to secure course approval before recruitment of students can commence.
Students will require a minimum entry standard of ABB at ‘A’ level and be able to demonstrate potential as future leaders while being fully grounded in becoming experts in adult and child nursing (with mental health) and normal midwifery.
During the planning stages Jayne and Dave will also be working on community engagement events in the coming months initially at a local level within the University and Trust, moving further afield as the programmes become ready to launch within the near future.
We look forward to keeping you posted with developments on this new and exciting venture as they progress and welcome any questions/comments that we can forward to Jayne and Dave for response.
What makes great leaders?
Jayne and Dave are both passionate about this new innovation and as such are both great leaders in taking on this challenge…but how did they arrive at this point in there careers?
Initially Jayne undertook nurse training at Guy’s Hospital in London followed by midwifery training at King’s College Hospital. Her first post as a midwifery lecturer was at the University of Nottingham .Whilst at Nottingham, Jayne successfully completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2005 and was successfully promoted to Associate Professor and collecting several awards along the way.
In 2014, Jayne was offered the position of Head of School of Midwifery and NMC Lead Midwife for Education at Kingston University and St George’s University of London, tasked with developing midwifery education and raising the School’s research profile. In 2016 became the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education’s Associate Dean for Practice Education and Workforce Development which was followed by promotion to Professor of Midwifery at Kingston and St George’s: being the first midwife to achieve this at the university. On 1st July 2017, I took up appointment as the first Professor of Midwifery at the University of Leicester.
Jayne is a well respected, experienced midwife, lecturer, and external examiner as well as a world renowned editor and author of a number of research publications and midwifery texts; e.g. Myles Textbook for Midwives (the world’s best selling seminal midwifery text). Jayne thrives on educating and nurturing the next generation of midwives to reach their full potential and always gives 100% to everything she does.
Jayne firmly believes that to achieve success, you must be proactive, patient and persevere. This sometimes means having the courage to move out of your comfort zone and take risks to rise to new challenges ahead.
Dave has followed a similar trajectory through nursing first qualifying as a registered nurse in 1992 and a registered sick children’s nurse in 1995. Specialising in intensive care, he helped open the children’s ITU at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1996 and worked as a senior clinical nurse before moving into education. After working at Cardiff University for 16 years, rising to deputy head of school for education and students, he took up his current post as the first professor of nursing at the University of Leicester in 2017.
Dave especially enjoys working with students to innovate nursing education, especially clinical simulation, and working with clinical practice areas to develop placement learning. His top priority now is working with the two Leicestershire trusts and the University to develop an attractive and exciting nursing with leadership programme. He firmly believes that his clinical career has been hugely influential in developing his skills, knowledge and confidence before moving into education. Students are the best critics of teaching skills, and doing a PhD taught me how to be a researcher. Dave adds that positive role models are important for us all and working with excellent role models has greatly supported his career aspirations and his development.
Finally, to become a successful leader one must persevere, innovate and work as a team – you achieve so much more by working together.
MIDIRS is pleased to have Professor Jayne Marshall on the MIDIRS Editorial Board.
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