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Leah Kirk

Lecturer in Midwifery

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building BB222

+44 (0) 1772 89 5433

LSKirk1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

Leah left UCLan in 2012 after achieving a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Midwifery. Leah worked in a local hospital Trust as a rotational midwife before moving to the South Coast of England to undertake the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Post Graduate Diploma (school nurse branch), with a keen interest in public health. Leah then worked as a Safeguarding Children Midwife in an acute Trust before joining the University of Central Lancashire in June 2016.

Leah is a member of  NMC Midwifery and NMC SCPHN (SN)

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Leah has worked as a Midwifery Lecturer at UCLan since September 2016. She is extremely passionate about providing an excellent student experience, from recruitment to the point of qualification and then further study. Leah prides herself in facilitating learning for the midwives of the future, supporting them in delivering evidence based practice and woman and family centered care.

Leah is Admissions Tutor for the Midwifery programme and thoroughly enjoys welcoming students to interview days. She is Cohort Lead for the first year long course programme and module lead for a first year and third year module. Leah also enjoys teaching on other programmes and is proud to work within the multidisciplinary team.

Leah is the site link lecturer at a local Trust, working closely with the Practice Development Midwife and midwifery team to ensure students and mentors are well supported during clinical placements.

Leah has a keen interest in safeguarding and working alongside vulnerable families and continues to practice midwifery within the clinical setting. Leah completed her Masters in 2017 and is currently studying towards completing her PGCert in Health and Social Care.

Leah also continues to work as a clinical midwife in a local Trust. 

Qualifications:

  • MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (school nurse branch) – 2018
  • Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - 2014
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - 2017
  • Multi-Professional Support of Learning and Assessing in Practice - 2014
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery – 2012
  • Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council - 2012

Leah is also working towards her PG Cert Health and Social Care Education at UCLan.

Publications

Whitaker P and Kirk L (2018). 'Developing leadership skills as a student midwife'. The Student Midwife, 1(1): 8-11

Kirk-Batty, L. (2017) Safeguarding Children. The Practising Midwife, 20(2), 1-7

Teaching Activities

  • Lecturer in Midwifery
  • First year cohort lead (long course)
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Link Lecturer
  • Module lead for MW1300 and MW3304

External Affiliations

  • University Health Course Champion

Conferences

  • Leah presented at Hangzou International Symposium in June 2018