Dr Alison JAMES

Dr Alison JAMES

Associate Lecturer (LAS)

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



I am an Associate Professor in Midwifery (Education) with the School of Nursing and Midwifery.  I qualified as a midwife in 1992 and worked full time in a large Acute Trust for six years. I then worked full time as a midwifery sister / senior midwife mainly on the Delivery Suite, but also undertaking risk and ward management roles between 1998 and 2005 before joining the University in April 2005.


1995 Diploma in Professional Studies Midwifery

1996 BSc (Hons) Midwifery (First Class)

1999 MSc in Health Care (Professional Education) 

2001 ENB 920 Principles of Adult Intensive Care Nursing

2006 Post Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care Education

2017 PhD (Plymouth University)  

I am particularly interested in intrapartum, complex and maternal critical care. My PhD was titled 'High Dependency Care provision in Obstetric Units remote from Tertiary Referral Centres and factors influencing care escalation. A mixed methods study.

Professional membership

Lecturer / Practice Educator (Nursing and Midwifery Council registered since 29/06/2007) 

Member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (achieved via Plymouth University Teaching Development Framework) 2014 (ref PR077562)



Teaching interests

I am particularly interested in intrapartum / high risk / complex midwifery care, clinical skills and research methodology. I have led and taught on a wide and varied range of modules across the undergraduate curriculum since commencing work at the University in 2005.

I am currently the module lead for APP 761, a master's level module examining Enhanced Maternal Care. 
I regularly supervise level 7 healthcare students with their dissertations / systematic reviews and am currently supervising one PhD student. 

Staff serving as external examiners

  • DeMontfort University for BSc (Hons) Pre-registration midwifery Curriculum 2016 -2020
  • Liverpool John Moores University for Pre-registration midwifery programmes and some post-registration modules, 2020 to present.



Research interests

My PhD focused on maternal critical care and is titled "High Dependency care provision in obstetric units remote from tertiary referral centres and factors influencing care escalation: a mixed methods study".



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Akintomide H, James A, Moffat M, Barnes P & Rankin J (2022) 'Systematic review of copper intrauterine contraception continuation in young nulliparous women based on intrauterine device type' BMJ Open 12, (10) , DOI Open access
Emmett A, Kent B, James A & March-McDonald J (2022) 'Experiences of health professionals towards using mobile electrocardiogram ( <scp>ECG</scp> ) technology: A qualitative systematic review' Journal of Clinical Nursing , DOI Open access
Eustice S, James A, Endacott R & Kent B (2020) 'Identifying the health care–initiated and self-initiated interventions used by women for the management of rectal emptying difficulty secondary to obstructive defecation: a scoping review protocol' JBI Evidence Synthesis 19, (2) 491-498 , DOI Open access
James A, Cooper S, Stenhouse E & Endacott R (2019) 'What factors influence midwives to provide obstetric high dependency care on the delivery suite or request care be escalated away from the obstetric unit? Findings of a focus group study' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 19, (1) , DOI Open access
Maslin K, James A, Brown A, Bogaerts A & Shawe J (2019) 'What Is Known About the Nutritional Intake of Women during Pregnancy Following Bariatric Surgery? A Scoping Review' Nutrients 11, (9) 2116-2116 , DOI Open access
James A, Endacott R & Stenhouse E (2017) 'Maternity high dependency care in obstetric units remote from tertiary referral centres: findings of a modified Delphi study' Evidence Based Midwifery 15, (4) 120-127 Open access
James A, Endacott R & stenhouse E (2017) 'The use of a Delphi survey to examine maternity high dependency care (MHDC) in obstetric units remote from tertiary referral centres' Evidence Based Midwifery 15, (3) 101-106 Open access
James A (2015) 'Karenza James' BMJ h6690-h6690 , DOI
Thoburn A, James A & Stenhouse E (2013) 'Enhancing pre-registration midwifery students' knowledge of caring for women with diabetes' DIABETIC MEDICINE 30, 8-8
James A, Endacott R & Stenhouse E (2013) 'Women with pregnancies complicated by pre-existing diabetes: a risk factor for high dependency care?' DIABETIC MEDICINE 30, 167-167
James A, Endacott R & Stenhouse E (2011) 'Identifying women requiring maternity high dependency care' Midwifery 27, (1) 60-66 Author Site , DOI
James A, Millward A, Endacott R & Stenhouse E (2008) 'The potential impact of poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes mellitus upon women of childbearing age' Diabetic Medicine 25, (Supplement) 127-128 Open access

Pollock W. James A. Chapter 28, ‘Pregnancy and postpartum considerations’ in: Leanne Aitken, Andrea Marshall, Wendy Cheboyer (eds.) (2019) Critical Care Nursing, 4th ed. Elsevier: Australia.

Conference Papers

A James (presenter), R. Cassidy, J. Urben, S.J. Pedler, Z. Nelson, A. Bellamy, J. Nemeth, S. Nash, E. Morley (2021) ‘The development of sustainable high dependency care education for midwives in Cornwall (UK) using a collaborative patchwork approach’. International Confederation of midwives (ICM) Virtual Triennial online Congress 9-30th June. Oral presentation 30th June.

James A, Endacott R, Stenhouse E (2013) Narrated e-poster presentation: Factors affecting the threshold transfer of sick parturients to higher levels of care European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Conference 2013, 5-9 October, Paris.

James A, Endacott R & Stenhouse E (2016) 'Factors that influence midwives' escalation of care decisions; a focus group study' 206-206
James A, Bradbury M, Haas B, Tipping E & Swain J (2008) 'Manual handling / Taking Care of your Back: an e-learning resource. Workshop and poster presentation' Sharing Innovation in Placement Learning Conference Plymouth 4-/-0/20084-/-0/2008
Presentations and posters

James A, Endacott R, Stenhouse E (2016) Poster presentation Do Midwives and Doctors agree on the features that define Maternity High Dependency Care? Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference 19-20, October 2016 Harrogate

James A, Endacott R, Stenhouse E (2016) Electronic poster Factors that influence midwives’ escalation of care decisions; a focus group study Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists World Congress, 20-22 June 2016 Birmingham.

James A, Endacott R, Stenhouse E, (2013) Poster presentation: Women with pregnancies complicated by pre-existing diabetes: a risk factor for high dependency care?  Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2013, Manchester.




ORCID: 0000-0001-5160-6684