Ms Andrea-Lorien Stebbings

Ms Andrea-Lorien Stebbings

Lecturer in Midwifery

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)

Ms Andrea-Lorien Stebbings can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Midwifery
  • Professional practice
  • Professional regulation


  • Midwifery Lecturer (Education) School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)
  • SNAM Inter-professional Learning Academic Lead for PIHC ( Plymouth Integrative Health and social care education)
  • PDT Academic Lead -Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust (Northern)
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate
  • Link Lecturer - Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust (Northern) - Maternity (Acute and Community)
  • Module Lead A-EQUIP (Advocacy and Education for Quality Improvement in Practice)
  • Module Lead Family Planning and Women's Health in Primary Care
  • Academic Assessor 


2015 Plymouth University PG Certificate in Contemporary Healthcare (Education)
2014 Expert witness Certificate - Cardiff University and Bond Solon
2011 Recordable Teacher - Nursing and Midwifery Council
2005 Masters in Arts Midwifery Practice - Thames Valley University
1999 Instructor Advance Life Support in Obstetrics
1999 Supervisor of Midwives University West of England
1999 Management Certificate NEBS
1998 Baby Massage Teacher Training Active Birth Centre
1996 BSc (hons) Midwifery
1993 Registered Nurse NSW Australia
1992 Registered General Nurse Kingston College

Professional membership

Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Nursing
Association for Improvement in Maternity Services
Association of Radical Midwives
Baby Milk Action

Roles on external bodies

2022 Expert Reference Group on Education Standards for Professional Nurse Advocates - member
2021-present -NHSE/HEI/ Trust Lead National Network for Professional Nurse Advocacy - member
2021- present - National Professional Midwifery Advocate Steering Committee - member
2021-present - National Academic Professional Midwifery Advocate Network - member and workstream contributor/ developer

2020 - present 
Case Examiner - Nursing and Midwifery Council

2019- present
Midwifery Forum Committee Member - Royal College of Nursing
represent the RCN
  • Newborn Genomes Programme - NHS steering group
  • ERG RCN education / ilearn platforms
  • Maternity Support Workers oversight group - national group

2017- present 

Professional Midwifery Advocate

2010 - present

Expert witness (Midwifery)
Defence and Claimant cases

2009 - 2017
Registrant Panellist Fitness to Practise - Nursing and Midwifery Council


Advisory Faculty ALSO (UK) - Advanced Life Support Obstetrics

1999- 2017

Supervisor of Midwives - South West Local Supervising Authority



Teaching interests

Professional Advocacy

Interprofessional communication and education
Maternity emergency management (skills and human factors)
Professional regulation
Sustainability in workforce development
Midwifery Practice
Impact of scrutiny on the professions
Midwifery Developer and Link for the Physician Associate Programme
Midwifery Developer and Link for Medlaw (interdisciplinary learning project)
Midwifery Lead - Digital Champions



Research interests

Supervision to Masters students dissertation and final project;

MSc Dissertation x 4 students currently forming full title scope of area for consideration:
  • Student nurses as educators / teachers
  • Partner notification in sexual health services
  • Care in secondary care of people who are ventilated at home
  • Transition from acute care to extended practice role in primary care in Physiotherapy 

Due to complete 2023

Other research

2020 Poster presentation: The Use of Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Healthcare Law and Ethics Scenario Based Learning Sessions amongst Nursing, Midwifery, and Law Students” Twenty-seventh International Conference on Learning, at Universitat de València 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Supervisor to the following Postgraduate Master's students;

  • MSc Advance Professional Practice " Implementation of a Neonatal Skin Assessment Tool (NSAT) for premature and sick infants who require neonatal Tertiary Care" completed 2022
  • MSc Advanced Professional Practice "Management of the introduction of an electronic proforma into a local Trusts’ heart revascularisation multidisciplinary team meeting". completed 2020
  • MSc Advanced Professional Practice " A service development project to improve the information given to women for the induction of labour process within maternity services" completed 2020
  • MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Education) " What are the most effective methods of assuring clinical skills acquisition in simulation settings in undergraduate student nurses, peer-to-peer or lecturer led methods?" completed 2020
  • MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Education): “An exploration of Assistant Practitioner’s (Nursing) experiences of joining an undergraduate nursing degree programme.” completed 2019

  • MSc Advanced Professional Practice: "Introducing a Safeguarding Domestic Abuse Screening Tool In The Emergency Department" completed 2019
  • MSc Contemporary Healthcare  "GP's perceptions of increasing paediatric acute referrals"  completed 2018



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Nichols A, Trimble P & Stebbings A (2022) 'The use of inter-professional education (IPE) healthcare law and ethics scenario based learning sessions amongst nursing, midwifery and law students: A qualitative investigation' Nurse Education Today 109, 105254-105254 , DOI
Williamson G, Clarke D & Stebbings A (2021) 'A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis of the Effectiveness of Peer- versus Faculty-led Simulation for Clinical Skills Acquisition in Undergraduate Student Nurses' Open Nursing Journal 15, 273-284 , DOI Open access
Nichols A, Trimble P & Stebbings A (2020) 'The use of inter-professional education (IPE) healthcare law and ethics scenario based learning sessions amongst nursing, midwifery and law students: An evaluation' Nurse Education Today 91, 104455-104455 , DOI
Group TF (2022) Developing Practical Nursing Skills Foundations for Nursing and Healthcare Students. Routledge


Reports & invited lectures

2022- Webinar round table discussion lead NHSE Professional Nurse Advocates

2021 -  Certificate of Recognition for outstanding contribution to the support of practice learning

2021 - Webinar round table discussion lead NHSE Professional Nurse Advocates

2020 - South West Professional Midwifery Advocates PI development

2019 - South West Regional Student Leadership Conference invited plenary session

Other academic activities

Peninsula Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA) networking events developer and supporter since 2018

Additional information

Twitter lead @UOPMAS: University of Plymouth Midwives, Alumni and Students

Twitter lead @Peninsuar PMA's

Twitter lead@PNA21