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Dr Stephanie Heys

Senior Nurse Lecturer, Midwifery Education consultant
School of Nursing
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Dr Stephanie Heys is a registered Nurse, Midwife and senior nurse lecturer whilst also working for the CQC as a specialist advisor in maternity, obstetrics and acute nursing care. Stephanie has worked for the last ten years in East Lancashire in both Nursing and Midwifery roles. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, her doctoral studies focused on reducing traumatic birth experiences through the design and delivery of an immersive educational programme for maternity professions, sensitising them to the potential for birth trauma amongst disadvantaged and vulnerable women. Experience includes working with industry, international organisations and key stakeholders in maternity focused on enhancing interpersonal care, utilising experiential educational approaches. Postdoctoral interests include the exploration of (dis)respectful maternity care and the role immersive education can play in addressing structural, systemic and interpersonal relations to improve women’s experiences. Stephanie also has an interest in simulated education, utilizing virtual reality technologies during her PhD to simulate the critical embodiment of the other to illuminate dehumanizing healthcare practices. Alongside her lecturing role Stephanie is currently working on an international project with the International Confederation of Midwives focused of the design and delivery of respectful care workshops in low-income countries. Human rights, maternal mental health and the psych-social needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable women in maternity services remain key areas of interest for future research projects.

In her current role, Stephanie leads on the year long Society, Health and Nursing care module. This module focuses on person centred approached to nursing acknowledging the bio-psycho-social aspects of health that contribute to wellbeing. Stephanie also lectures on the MSc modules with a particular interest in research methods and innovation in nursing practice. Interests also include maternity research with Stephanie working on numerous research projects within the THRIVE hub at UCLAN. Her PhD research draws upon the pedagogical works of Paulo Freire and critical theory focused on emancipatory education utilising virtual reality technologies as an embodiment of the other. Areas of interest also include the political, economical and social influences upon healthcare including a focus on experiences of stigma amongst disadvantaged and vulnerable women within maternity care.

Stephanie has worked for the last ten years in East Lancashire in both Nursing and Midwifery roles. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, her doctoral studies focused on reducing traumatic birth experiences through the design and delivery of an immersive educational programme for maternity professions, sensitising them to the potential for birth trauma amongst disadvantaged and vulnerable women. Stephanie Lectured midwifery previously at The University of Manchester and has worked on international midwifery projects in sub Saharan Africa. Experience also includes working with industry, international organisations and key stakeholders in maternity focused on enhancing interpersonal care, utilising experiential educational approaches. Postdoctoral interest include the exploration of (dis)respectful maternity care and the role immersive education can play in addressing structural, systemic and interpersonal relations to improve women’s experiences. Alongside her lecturing role Stephanie is currently working on an international project with the ICM focused of the design and delivery of respectful care workshops in low-income countries. Human rights, maternal mental health and the psych-social needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable women in maternity services remain key areas of interest for future research projects.

  • DipHE in Adult Nursing, 2009. UCLAN
  • BSc (Hons)Midwifery, 2014 UCLAN
  • Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction (Midwifery) 2016 UCLAN
  • PhD in Midwifery Studies, 2019 UCLAN
  • Associate Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy, 2017
  • NIHR training camp, Leeds. 12-14th of July. ‘The Art of Communication’ award 2017
  • COST Action implementation training school. In 2017 I won funding to attend the COST action birth research implementation training school in Lucerne, Switzerland.
  • Research student of the year. In 2018 I was nominated at the NIHR North West coast research and innovation awards and won finalist in this category
  • Best presentation ‘International health and wellbeing conference’ 2018
  • Runner up – poster presentation NIHR @ 10.
  • East Lancashire Hospital Trust – star award. ‘Research and Innovation’ 2018
  • Critical theory
  • critical pedagogy, pedagogical innovation
  • immersive technologies
  • respectful maternity care
  • health inequalities
  • research methodologies
  • qualitative research
  • action learning
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - PIN: 09H1534E
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – No. PR142342
  • Registered specialist advisor in Maternity, Obstetrics & Gynaecology with the Care Quality Commission