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.
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
External Examiner for DeMontfort University for BSc (Hons) Pre-registration midwifery Curriculum 2016 -2021
Extremal Examiner for Liverpool John Moores University for Pre-registration midwifery and post-registration modules 2021 onwards
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 commenicng work at the University in 2005.
Staff serving as external examiners
I am an External Examiner at De Montfort University (Leicester) 2016-2020.
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 are highlightedJournals
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.
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) 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.