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Neesha Ridley

Senior Lecturer
School of Community Health and Midwifery
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Neesha is a passionate, enthusiastic and dynamic member of the School of Community Health and Midwifery, leading a course that is both innovative and exciting. Neesha is an active member of the maternity services, regularly writing for peer reviewed journals, presenting at conferences, both nationally and globally. She has a keen interest in women’s rights, gender equality, critical care, postnatal care and perinatal mental health. Neesha has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, discussing her two passions - midwifery and education.

Neesha is a passionate, enthusiastic and dynamic member of the School of Community Health and Midwifery, As a practising and experienced midwife, working in clinical practice and within higher education, Neesha is committed to promoting evidence-based care for women and their families across the world. For Neesha, effective communication and collaboration between health care professionals is extremely important, in order to deliver safe, effective and good quality care for women and their families. Neesha believes that women and their families have the right to be respected, to be heard and to have choice about their maternity and health care. Listening to and respecting women's choices in line with evidence-based guidance, will promote rights and access to health care for women and families across the world. In her work as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Neesha works tirelessly to educate students on how to offer safe, effective and good quality care to women and their families, whilst promoting respectful and compassionate care. Neesha is currently working in education, enabling her to demonstrate her passion for midwifery and education at a national and international level. She works within an internationally renowned university, teaching students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Neesha has maintained her clinical skills by continuing to practise as a rotational midwife at a local NHS trust. She is an enthusiastic contributor to international projects collaborations with hospitals and universities across the world, seeking to develop midwifery and health related courses. Neesha has worked with universities across Europe, Asia and further afield, developing midwifery curriculums and models of mentorship for midwifery students. Neesha is a member of the editorial board for a peer reviewed journal and a regular contributor to internationally renowned midwifery and nursing journals. Neesha has a keen interest in women’s rights, gender equality, critical care in the childbearing continuum, postnatal care and perinatal mental health. She has completed research projects which have been presented at international conferences, and has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, discussing her two passions - midwifery and education

Neesha trained as a student midwife at UCLan, qualifying in 2005. She was successful in gaining a post as a rotational midwife at Lancashire teaching hospitals, working across all areas of midwifery. Neesha began her post graduate studies in 2007, studying an infection prevention and control module at UCLan, before becoming the infection prevention and control lead for maternity. She developed a passion for education and worked alongside the practice education lead for maternity during a 12 month secondment. Neesha then progressed to the role of a CNST lead, working closely with the Governance team to support the midwives and staff at the trust, supporting staff to provide a high standard of care for women and families. In 2015, she started at UCLan as a lecturer and is now a senior lecturer and course leader for the BSc (hons) Midwifery programme. Neesha has completed her MSc in Women's health and Midwifery and her Postgraduate certificate in Higher Education, both at UCLan.

  • BSc (hons) Midwifery -2005 - University of Central Lancashire
  • Reflexology Level 3 Diploma - 2011 - Preston College
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education - 2017 - University of Central Lancashire
  • MSc Women's health and Midwifery - 2018 - University of Central Lancashire
  • Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Member of the Royal College of Midwives
  • Member of the Editorial board for the Practising Midwife Journal.