Neesha Ridley

Neesha Ridley

Senior Lecturer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB221

+44 (0) 1772 89 3778

Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

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 research active within the ReaCH research group.


Full Profile

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 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.


  • MSc degree in Midwifery and women’s health (2018)
  • PGCert in Higher Education (2017)
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery (2005)



  1. Ridley, N. & McCrimmon, R. (2019) The feminist sage femme: linking theory and practice through feminism. The Practising Midwife. Vol 22 (5).
  2. Ridley, N. & Byrom, A. (2018) Developing a case based learning curriculum with a salutogenic perspective. Vol 64 pp 124-127
  3. Ridley, Neesha (2017) Supporting women with perineal trauma. The Practising Midwife. Vol 20 Number 2.
  4. Ridley, Neesha (2016) Reducing maternal sepsis. The Practicing Midwife. Vol 19 Number 8.
  5. Ridley & Smith (2016) The case for collaborative learning: Introducing opportunities in the higher education setting. British Journal of Midwifery. Vol 24 Issue 4
  6. Ridley (2016) Advancing practice: Reducing maternal sepsis. The Practising Midwife. Vol 19 Number 9
  7. 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
  8. Ridley & Taylor (2016) Managing workload and prioritising care. The Practicing Midwife. Volume 19 No. 1
  9. Ridley (2015) Perineal wound infections: An audit. The Practicing Midwife. Volume 18 No. 7

See Neesha's CLoK profile


  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council as a registered midwife and registered teacher.
  • Fellow with the Higher Education Authority
  • Member of the editorial board for the Practising Midwife journal.





  • Exploring the development of employability skills through teambuilding (2018 – current)
  • Induction of labour – an audit exploring the rates, reasons and mode of birth outcomes at a local NHS trust (2017-2018)


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



TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery 3 year programme.
  • Cohort Lead for Y3 students, studying on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery 3 year programme.
  • Module Leader for the Critical Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth module, on the MSc Midwifery programme.
  • Organiser of the perinatal mental health workshops, held annually at UCLan.