Neesha Ridley

Neesha Ridley


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB221

+44 (0) 1772 89 3778

Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

I completed my BSc (Hons) degree in midwifery studies at UCLan in 2005. Following the completion of her degree I worked as a qualified Midwife at Lancashire teaching Hospitals NHS trust, where I continue to work as a Midwife, maintaining my clinical skills. I am currently studying towards my Masters degree in Midwifery and Women’s Health and my Postgraduate Certificate in Education, both at UCLan.

Full Profile

I joined UCLan in 2015 as a midwifery lecturer, pursuing my ambition and passion for education and midwifery. Prior to pursuing my passion for midwifery lecturer, I worked as a midwife at a local NHS trusts and I continue to practice at the trust, to maintain my clinical midwifery skills. In the final two years before joining UCLan, I worked as a safety and quality midwife, working hard to promote good quality care for all women and families within the local area. Within this role, I promoted safe and effective care, working with local, national and international guidelines.

Since joining UCLan, I have taken on the wonderful role of being the first year leader for the BSc Midwifery long course. This is a really enjoyable role, where I can support students through the joys and challenges of their first years in university.  I am the admissions tutor for the midwifery long course – a really enjoyable role where I have the opportunity to meet and engage with future student midwives. Within this role, I am responsible for guiding future midwifery students through the admissions process and helping them to succeed in their ambition to become midwives.  I am the module leader for several first year modules and is also module leader for the critical care in pregnancy and childbirth module, a popular postgraduate module offered at Master’s level.  I am the site link lecturer with Blackpool teaching hospitals NHS trust, developing close links with the clinical site and working in collaboration with midwives to support students throughout their clinical placements. I am a peer reviewer for the British Journal of Midwifery and Elsevier International Midwifery journal, reviewing journal articles prior to publication

As a practising and experienced midwife, working in clinical practice and within higher education, I am committed to promoting evidence based care for women and their families across the world. For me, 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.

I believe 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 my work as a midwifery lecturer I pride myself in educating students on how to offer safe, effective and good quality care to women and their families, whilst promoting respectful and compassionate care.

I have a keen interest in infection prevention and control, especially in the postnatal period following birth. I have completed research projects focused on promoting the importance of hand hygiene, which have been presented at international conferences. I have published several articles in peer reviewed journals, discussing my two passions - midwifery and education.


  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire. 2005
  • Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 2005
  • Certificate in Midwifery mentorship, University of Central Lancashire. 2009
  • Certificate in teaching toolkit, University of Central Lancashire. 2016
  • Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2016

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  1. Ridley, Neesha (2017) Supporting women with perineal trauma. The Practising Midwife. Vol 20 Number 2.
  2. Ridley, Neesha (2016) Reducing maternal sepsis. The Practicing Midwife. Vol 19 Number 8.
  3. Ridley & Smith (2016) The case for collaborative learning: Introducing opportunities in the higher education setting. British Journal of Midwifery. Vol 24 Issue 4
  4. Ridley (2016) Advancing practice: Reducing maternal sepsis. The Practising Midwife. Vol 19 Number 9
  5. Ridley (2016) An audit and trial aiming to reduce the rate of surgical site infections for women having a caesarean section. British Journal of Midwifery. Vol 24 Issue 3
  6. Ridley & Taylor (2016) Managing workload and prioritising care. The Practicing Midwife. Volume 19 No. 1
  7. Ridley (2015) Perineal wound infections: An audit. The Practicing Midwife. Volume 18 No. 7


  • Nursing and Midwifery council – registered Midwife




  • International collaboration with Hangzhou Normal University, developing a Midwifery curriculum.



TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • Admissions tutor for the midwifery long course.
  • First year lead for the midwifery long course.
  • First year module leader.
  • Module leader for the postgraduate critical care module.
  • Social media lead for midwifery at UCLan.
  • International lead for midwifery at UCLan
  • Member of the Interprofessional education group at UCLan