SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge
Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps
Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From December 2015 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Health Society
From December 2015 to present.
Profile Summary

I am a Senior Research Fellow in midwifery with a remit to stimulate research activities, including PhD registration and completion within the midwifery team

My own research interests include all aspects of midwifery & neonatal care, art & pedagogy, interprofessional health education, and models of care which offer and value maternal choice. I also have long-standing interests in the governance of health care and am review editor for the International Joural of Health Governance (IJHG). My own PhD  (University of Bradford 2010), entitled Midwifery Knowledge and the medical student experience, used a problem based learning (PBLr) research methodology to explore medical students' experiences of working with midwives.

I am currently PI on a funded project,  the Baby Skin Integrity Comparison Survey. The research team will recruit between 600-800 mothers and babies in the Greater Manchester area to compare incidences of nappy rash in babies from birth to eight weeks of age.

I am very interested in the integration of art and midwifery and was the liaison midwife to the curator of the Birth Rites collection while that was housed at the University of Salford. I have recently had a book chapter published on this topic in the book 'Feminism and Museums' edited by Dr. Jenna Ashton from Manchester metropolitan university.

Another project in the planning stages is a whole-team project on the use of simulated learning in all years of the midwifery programme throughout an academic year.


I have many years of midwifery practice and education behind me, but my passion remains, as it was when I first entered the midwifery profession, to make childbirth better for women and infants.

Key Qualifications
An associate degree is equivalent to the first 2 years of a 4-year BA or BSc programme in the USA.
I received a distinction for my dissertation on 'Pain in the early puerperium' which reported on an ethnographic study of women's experiences.
My final project evaluated the use of PBL as a teaching & learning strategy in midwifery education.
Midwifery Knowledge and the Medical Student Experience was a two stage project involving an international Delphi study into the nature of midwifery knowledge and followed by a longitudinal case study of a sample of medical students as they progressed through their year-4 obstetric rotation. The research methodology was constructivist, adapted from the concepts of Problem Based Learning, and used PBL scenarios, developed from the Delphi study data, as a data collection tool in the second stage of the research.
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Guest Editorials in Journals
Key Presence
Journal Editorship

 I am currently Review Editor for the International Journal of health Governance. I have worked with this journal since its original launch as The British Journal of Clinical Governance.

Memberships of External Bodies