SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge
Dr Lesley Choucri
Dr Lesley Choucri
telephone+44 (0)161 295 2514
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From September 2011 to present.
From August 2009 to September 2011.
Profile Summary


Current role and responsibilities

Since 2006 I have been the Director of Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education on behalf of the NMC. After 41 years of service to NHS/University and midwifery I have taken flexible retirement and now I am senior lecturer in a team of midwifery lecturers where our aim is to achieve the University goals and uphold a student centred approach to teaching and learning. I have a diverse and interesting position and straddle various interfaces of clinical practice, education, management and research at national and local level.

Research Interests

My professional background is in midwifery care and practice. The focus for my research interest is on practice development through action research and action learning. My PhD study examined the evolving roles of a group of education and practice development midwives as they led change in clinical practice. This developed my capability in facilitation and coaching for leadership roles in the clinical environment and led me to enjoy and use appreciative inquiry approaches to learning and change. I am now researching with Rose McCarthy on a HENW funded Social Media Project. (£250,000)


My academic interests focus on midwifery practice and policy, strategic leadership, risk management, qualitative research methodologies, and I continue to teach at every level on undergraduate and taught postgraduate midwifery and leadership programmes. I supervise postgraduate students.


I joined the University of Salford in 1998 as a Lecturer in Midwifery. I have spent 41 years in nursing and midwifery practice, education, management and research. I have managed maternity, gynaecology and children’s services in the NHS, instigated new ways of working through designing midwifery led care and worked across the interfaces of education, clinical practice and research.
Key Qualifications
Qualifications and Memberships Registered General Nurse 1977 Registered Midwife 1979 Advanced Diploma in Midwifery 1983 B.Sc. (Hons) Healthcare Studies (upper second) 1993 Postgraduate Diploma Health Professional Education 1996 Supervisor of Midwives 1997 MSc dissertation ¿How was it for you?¿ Women¿s Stories of Their Maternity Care Experience: A Feminist Perspective. 1999
Key Projects
Facemums 2018: bringing relational continuity to the home through social media
Health Education England, £600,000.00.
Principal Investigator: R McCarthy (34%). Co-Investigators: L Choucri (22%), A Brettle (22%), B Light (22%).
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Other Journal Articles
Book Sections
Key Presence
Conference Presentations

 Health Education North West held a half day event on the 6th November inspired by the Mandate requirement to red... more >>.



A group of 28 Supervisors of Midwives and 3 POSOM students  adopted a unique approach which represents a triangulation between Supervision, Education and Leadership.
more >>.

 ‘As we communicate with each other, we construct the world in which we live’

‘The realities we live in are outcomes of the conve... more >>.

This presentation sought to empower supervisors of midwives in the North West of England to provide leadership and support to midwives undergoing change though transfer of maternity services. The LSA Midwifery Officer commissio... more >>.



The main aim of this study was to work collaboratively with a group of practice development m... more >>.

To demonstrate the supportive nature of supervison of midwives during reconfiguration of maternity services. A one day seminar for midwives who were involved in the closure and transfer of maternity services in Greater Manchest... more >>.

Other Evidence of External Esteem

I am a supervisor of midwives, accountable to the Local Supervising Authority (NMC Statutory responsibility) My role is to uphold the safety of the public by providing supervision to a caseload of midwives, by leadership, educa... more >>.


As LME I am accountable to the NMC for upholding the quality of all midwifery programmes at the University of Salford. This is a national role and forms the statutory requirement within the Midwives Rules and Standards (NM... more >>.