Kenneth Finlayson

Senior Research Assistant

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB223

+44 (0) 1772 89 3824

Subject Areas: Midwifery

Having previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, Kenny spent a number of years studying alternative systems of medicine before entering the research domain in 2005. He is interested in the relational aspects of maternity care and the adoption of a salutogenic approach to health care. Kenny holds a particular interest in the integration and synthesis of complementary medicine into the prevailing bio-medical model and much of his research is focussed in this area.

Kenny is research active within the area of midwifery and maternal child health and is a member of the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH).

Full Profile

Kenny completed a degree in Biochemistry (University of Dundee) in 1986 and spent a number of years in the sales and marketing division of a major pharmaceutical company before returning to full-time education in 2002. He studied Homeopathic Medicine here at UCLan and, after graduation, joined the Department of Midwifery Studies in 2005. He works with Professor Soo Downe as a research assistant and has been actively engaged in a range of commissioned projects exploring social inclusion within the context of antenatal care, as well as an NHS funded, study looking at fostering authentic, collaborative relationships between professionals working in the maternity services. He is currently part of a team conducting a randomized controlled trial looking at the use of a self-hypnosis intervention for labour pain (The SHIP Trial). Kenny’s research interests are focussed on the inter-relational aspects of maternity care. He is particularly interested in the holistic model of health care and the integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into mainstream maternity care.


BSc (Hons) Homeopathic Medicine, University of Central Lancashire, 2005.
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Dundee, 1986.


Finlayson K, (2013) Square Pegs into Round Holes (Editorial). Practicing Midwife May 16 (5):5. PMID: 23789243

Finlayson K, Downe S (2013) Why Do Women Not Use Antenatal Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries? A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies. PLoS Med 10(1): e1001373. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001373

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BSc (Hons) Homeopathic Medicine, University of Central Lancashire, 2005.

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Dundee, 1986.

Teaching Activities

Kenny teaches on a number of undergraduate Midwifery modules and is involved in the supervision of postgraduate students

External Roles

Reviewer for The Normal Birth Conference (2008 – current)



Labour Interventions and Normal Birth Survey. Commissioned study funded by the Royal College Of Midwives (RCM): £24,000 – (2013)

The SHIP Trial – A randomized controlled trial exploring the use of a self-hypnosis intervention for women requiring pain relief during labour, Funded by an RfPB Grant (NHS): £327,600 - (2009 – 2012)

‘Access to Antenatal Care for Vulnerable Women in the North West’ NHS Funded: £30,000 - (2009-2010)

‘The East Lancashire Childbirth Choices Project: Choice, Safety and Collaboration within the Maternity Services’. NHS Funded: £50,000 - (2008-2009)

Access to Antenatal Care: A Systematic Review’ CEMACH funded: £50,000 - (2007-2008)

‘Parent and Nurse Perceptions of Family-Centred Care in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the North West’ UCLan funded study: £20,000 –(2005-2007)


Finlayson K & Downe S. The SHIP Trial (Self-Hypnosis for Intra-partum Pain) – an exploration of feasibility issues. Main presentation at the Normal Birth Forum at The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK. 3rd June 2013

Finlayson K & Downe S. Why women in developing countries don’t access antenatal care: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Concurrent presentation at the International Forum of Health Promotion Research, Trondheim, Norway. 6-9th August 2012.

Finlayson, K. & Downe, S. ‘Square pegs into round holes? Trying to maintain the authenticity of a hypnosis intervention within the context of a randomized controlled trial for intra-partum pain.’ Concurrent Presentation at the 8th Normal Birth Conference, Grange-over-Sands, England, 13th-15th June 2011

Finlayson, K., Dixon, A., Flacking, R., Smith, C. & Dykes, F. ‘Finding Your Place: Women’s Perceptions of Family Centred Care in Neonatal Units in the North West of England’. Concurrent Session at 4th Maternal and Infant Nurture & Nutrition (MAINN) Conference, Grange-over-Sands, England, 8th-10th June 2011.

Finlayson, K. ‘A Guide to Meta-synthesis’: Workshop presentation at The University of Dalarna, Falun, Sweden, 12th April 2011.

Finlayson, K., Kingdon, C., Thomson, G., Byrom, S. & Downe, S. ‘Non-access to antenatal care in the UK: Women’s prerogative or social problem?’ Concurrent presentation at the 59th Annual Meeting of The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), San Francisco, USA, 7th-9th August 2009.

Finlayson, K., Downe, S. Walsh, D. & Lavender, T. ‘Access to Antenatal Care for Marginalised Women in Developed Countries: A Meta-synthesis’. Concurrent presentation at the 28th Triennial International College of Midwives (ICM), Glasgow, Scotland, 6th-10th June 2008.

Dixon, A. & Finlayson, K. ‘Critical Appraisal Tools for Qualitative Research: A Gold Standard or A Red Herring’. Presentation at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH), Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 9th -14th Oct 2007.