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Ms Amanda Firth

PositionLecturer in Midwifery
LocationHorton A 3.15
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursMonday to Friday 8:30-17:00
Telephone01274 236423
Emaila.d.firth1@bradford.ac.uk
Twitter@LaughingMrsF
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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

Amanda teaches across the BSc, MSc and postgraduate module provision within the School of Midwifery.

Her areas of interest are anatomy and physiology, technology enhanced learning and clinical skills development. She has also recently taken the lead for postgraduate programmes in hysteroscopy and sexual health.

Amanda is heavily involved in e-assessment and has 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. She also works 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.

Amanda is 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.

Biography

Amanda is currently undertaking a part time PhD in addition to her full time academic role at the university. She is a member of the University of Bradford alumni, having studied for two undergraduate degrees and a Master's degree with the institution.

Amanda also worked clinically as a midwife at a local NHS Trust before joining the academic team here at Bradford. Midwifery is a subsequent career and she has previously worked in the areas of both secondary education and therapeutic social work using her BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychology degree.

Study History

  • PhD Midwifery (part time) - Ongoing
  • MSc Midwifery Studies
  • PGCE Clinical Education 
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychology

Research Areas

  • Perinatal mental health (focussing on mental health of vulnerable migrant women)
  • E-Assessment 
  • E-Portfolio use

Current Projects

Amanda is currently undertaking a part time PhD in addition to her full time academic role at the university. Her project title is 'Perinatal depression in vulnerable migrant women of Bradford: Maternal articulation of mental health in contrast to clinician recognition'.

Networks/Roles

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications

See Amanda's publications on Bradford Scholars.

Hill, E. & Firth, A. (2018) Positive birth experiences: a systematic review of the lived experience from a birthing person's perspective. MIDIRS 28 (1).

Firth, A. & Haith-Cooper, M (2018) Vulnerable migrant women and postnatal depression: A case of invisibility in maternity services? British Journal of Midwifery 26 (2).

Firth, A. (2017) Working collaboratively on publications and conference presentations - Valuing student midwives' contribution to the future of midwifery. Australian Midwifery News 17 (4) p29.

Bacchus, A. & Firth, A. (2017) Factors Affecting the Emotional Wellbeing of Newly Qualified Midwives in the 1st Year of Practice. MIDIRS 27 (4) pp 444-450.

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

Winner of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 (Midwifery team - national and international profile for contributions to Problem Based Learning).

Finalist in the International E-Assessment Awards (category:  Innovative Use Of Summative Assessment) 2017.

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