I qualified as a Midwife with First-Class Honours in 2007 and moved from the Trust where I was initially employed to the Trust where I currently work in 2009. I undertook the MSc in Midwifery and Women’s Health at UCLan on a part-time basis between 2009-2014, graduating in September 2014.
During the MSc, I completed the management route and the modules included Leadership and Management, Cultural, Legal and Political Perspectives on Maternal and Infant Health, Research methods, Normal Birth, Midwifery Mentorship and I then completed the MSc with the year-long dissertation.
Immediately following on from completion of the MSc, I undertook further CPD in the form of another six-month Midwifery module.
Shortly after graduating with my MSc, I was promoted at work from a Band 6 Midwife to a Band 7 Midwife Lead/ward manager on the Birth Suite at the Trust where I am employed, which is a post I have now been in for over 18 months. I have applied and utilised the knowledge and skills I gained from the MSc to Midwifery practice and this has helped me and continues to assist me with my career progression.
I am currently undertaking two further level 7 research modules which would enable me to undertake a Professional Doctorate in Health which in terms of CPD, I consider to be a natural progression following on from completion of the MSc.