Dr Alison JAMES

Dr Alison JAMES

Associate Professor in Midwifery (Education)

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)

I am an Associate Professor in Midwifery (Education) with the School of Nursing and Midwifery. I am a link lecturer for the Cornwall Maternity Services. 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)

Roles on external bodies

I am an External Examiner for DeMontfort University (commenced in 2016)  

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 working at the University. 

I am currently the module lead for APP 722 a masters level module in Maternal Critical Care.

Staff serving as external examiners

I am an External Examiner at De Montfort University (Leicester) 2016-2020. 

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

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
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 Author Site
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 Author Site
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 PEARL
Conference Papers
James A, Endacott R & Stenhouse E 2016 'Factors that influence midwives' escalation of care decisions; a focus group study' 1-/-0/19001-/-0/1900206-206
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


ORCID: 0000-0001-5160-6684