Ms Amanda Firth
|Position||Lecturer in Midwifery|
|Location||Horton A 2.05|
|Department||School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery|
|Feedback Hours||Monday to Friday 8:30-17:00|
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Research Interests (key words only)
Perinatal mental health, vulnerable women, migrant/ refugee/ asylum seeking women, e-assessment, e-portfolio use
Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities
I teach across the BSc, MSc and postgraduate module provision within the School of Midwifery. I particularly enjoy teaching anatomy, physiology and pathology and aspire to facilitate students to apply academic knowledge to clinical care and decision making.
I am heavily involved in e-assessment and have led on a project to design and implement an online three-year holistic ipsative assessment for anatomy and physiology in the BSc/MSc Midwifery Studies curriculum. I also work closely with colleagues both within and outside of the faculty to further develop the use of a mature, fully embedded e-portfolio for holistic assessment of both clinical and academic work.
I am one of the school leads for practice placement growth and also a midwifery link lecturer across two NHS trusts, supporting students and clinicians with assessment in of clinical practice.
I am a member of the University of Bradford alumni, having studied for two undergraduate degrees and a Master's degree with the institution. I worked clinically as a midwife at a local NHS Trust before joining the academic team here at Bradford.
Midwifery is a subsequent career and I have previously worked in the areas of both secondary education and therapeutic social work using my first degree. I find that I have many transferable skills from my early career that have shaped my areas of research interest and ways of working in academia.
- MSc Midwifery Studies
- PGCE Clinical Education
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
- BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychology
- Perinatal mental health (focussing on mental health of vulnerable migrant women)
- E-Portfolio use
- The use of e-portfolios in midwifery education
- Maternity experiences of migrant women (evaluating data from a large scale cross-European survey)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Firth A, Haith-Cooper M and Egan D (2016) Do psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression? British Journal of Midwifery. 24(12): 855-866.
In the News/Media
Finalist in the International E-Assessment Awards (category: Innovative Use Of Summative Assessment) 2017