Professor Julia Sanders
Professor of Clinical Nursing & Midwifery
I am a Registered Midwife and Nurse, a researcher and professional leader. I hold a joint post between Cardiff University and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. This provides exciting opportunities to lead on a programme Midwifery Research in the School of Healthcare Sciences whilst maintaining strong clinical links and leading the development of nurse and midwifery led research within the NHS.
I am the Chief Investigator for the NIHR HTA funded POOL study. This UK based multicentre study will run from 2018 to 2021 and will provide robust evidence about the safety of waterbirth for mothers and babies. My methodological expertise centers upon randomised trials and the use of routine data in research.
I hold national roles including being the Wales NIHR Specialty lead for Reproductive Health and Childbirth. I am a member of the Oxford University’s National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Clinical Trials Advisory Group, and a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development Steering Committee, based at Cardiff University.
My research interests focus on maternity care and early years interventions. I was the Senior Clinical Research Associate on Building Blocks, the £5m Department of Health funded evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership programme in England. This work is ongoing currently evaluating the medium term maternal and child outcomes of the programme.
Within my role of NIHR lead for Reproductive Health and Childbirth in Wales I lead a speciality research interest group, open to all professional groups. The primary aim of the group is to develop and maximise recruitment into NIHR portfolio adopted studies across Wales.
Current Employment 2017 - Present
Professor of Clinical Nursing and Midwifery,
School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University / Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.
2014 – 2017 Reader in Midwifery, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University
2005 – Present Consultant Midwife, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
2008 – 2014 Senior Clinical Research Fellow South East Wales Trials Unit, Cardiff University
1988 – 2004 MRC Training Fellow Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol
1995 – 1998 Research Midwife Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bristol
1992 – 1995 Teacher Practitioner /
Midwifery Sister University Hospital of Wales
1990 – 1993 Research Fellow University of Wales, College of Medicine
1987 – 1990 Midwifery Sister University Hospital of Wales
1986 – 1987 Staff Midwife University Hospital of Wales
1984 – 1986 Student Midwife South Glamorgan Health Authority
1983 – 1984 Staff Nurse Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital of Wales
Honours and awards
Welsh Government achievement in health innovation in Wales 2011
A personal award for exceptional service to the promotion of women's health in Wales.
Royal College of Midwives Awards 2012
Innovation in Practice Runner up for the novel teaching of perineal trauma assessment
The POOL study
Funder NIHR HTA
Chief Investigator Julia Sanders, Cardiff University
Period 2018 – 2023
Late Pregnancy Ultrasound
Funder NIHR HTA
CI Smith G, University of Cambridge
Period 2016 – 2018 Role: Co-investigator
Evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership programme in Scotland
Funder Scottish Government
Applicants Robling M, Canning –John R, Lugg F, Paranjoythy S, Pell J, Sanders J, White J.
Period 2016-2018 Role: Co- Investigator
Developing individualised weight charts for pregnancy
Funder The Burdett Trust for Nursing
Applicants Sanders J (CI, HCARE, Cardiff University), Hunter B, Channon S, Jewell K, Paranjoythy S, Warren L.
Period 2016-2018 Role: Chief Investigator
HOLDS: High or Low Dose Syntocinon for labour augmentation
Funder NIHR HTA
Applicants Kenyon S, (CI, Birmingham University), Daniels J, Ewer A, Hewston R, Johnston J, Middleton L, Sanders J, Taylor R, Waugh J.
Period 2016-2020 Role: co-investigator
ANODE: prophylactic ANtibiotics for the prevention of infection following Operative Delivery (ANODE)
Funder NIHR HTA
Applicants Knight M, (CI, Oxford University) Gray J, Hinshaw K, Ismail K, Juszczac E, Moore P, Sanders J, Thakar R, Tuffnell D, Rivero-Arias O, Enderby H, Sultan A, Pasupathy D.
Period 2015-2018 Role: co-investigator and Cardiff site PI.
Building Blocks: 2-6 - antenatal and postnatal parenting support to reduce maltreatment
Funder NIHR PHR
Applicants: Robling M,(CI MEDIC); Canning –John R, Butler C, Cohen D, Owen-Jones E, Segrott J, Kenkre J, Sanders J, Jones K, Hood K, Holland S, Channing S.
Period 2013 – 2018 Role: Co-Investigator
Fibrinogen concentrate versus placebo for treatment of postpartum haemorrhage: A Multicentre, prospective, double blind randomised controlled trial.
Funder CSL Behring GmbH
Applicants: P Collins, K Hood, R Cannings-John, J Sanders, S Paranjothy.
Upright maternal position in second stage labour in women with epidural analgesia; a randomised controlled trial.
Applicants: P Brocklehurst, D Bick, J Gupta, E Juszczak, C Macarthur, R McCandlish, P Moore, M Nolan, G O'Sullivan, D Regier, J Sanders, A Shennan, M Wilson.
Period 2009 - 2015
Building Blocks: Evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership Programme in England.
Funder Department of Health (Policy Research Programme)
Applicants: M Robling, C Butler, A Kemp: J Kenkre: A Montgomery: K Pickett: D Torgerson; M-J Bekkers; S Channon; J Gregory; K Hawthorne; A Hay; K Hood; L Lowes; E Owen-Jones; G Richardson; J Sanders; G Taylor, L Wye.
Period 2008 - 2014
Building Blocks:2-6 - antenatal and postnatal parenting support to reduce maltreatment
Funder Department of Health
Applicants: M Robling, R Canning –John, C Butler, D Cohen, E Owen-Jones, J Segrott, J Kenkre, J Sanders, K Jones, K Hood, S Holland, S Channing.
Period 2013 - 2018
Waterbirth Research Development Group,
Funder CRC Cymru
Applicants: J Sanders, K Hood, B Hunter, S Paranjothy.
Evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of using topically applied local anaesthetic, to reduce vulval pain associated with spontaneous vaginal delivery.
Applicants: J Sanders.
Training Fellowship in Health Services Research,
Funder Medical Research Council
Applicants: J Sanders
Period 1998 – 2004
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:
- Early years' interventions
- Neonatal care
- Health Services organisation