Dr Julia Sanders

Dr Julia Sanders

Professor of Clinical Nursing & Midwifery

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87623
12.15, 12th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB

As Reader in Midwifery within the School of Healthcare Sciences I work closely with the Professor of Midwifery, Billie Hunter to develop and deliver high calibre studies relating to School of Healthcare Sciences Maternal Child and Family Health and Wellbeing, research theme.

My research experience is in the design, conduct and management of large and complex trials relating to various aspects of maternity care. From 2008 – 2014 I worked as Senior Clinical Research Fellow on Building Blocks, a £5m Department of Health (Policy Research Programme) funded study which evaluated the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in England.  I have experience of randomised trials evaluating diverse aspects of maternity care including antenatal care for healthy women and those with pregnancy complications, the management of postpartum haemorrhage, care of the perineum in the second stage of labour and early years parenting interventions.

I work clinically as Consultant Midwife at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, where I act as a lead clinician for midwifery led intrapartum care.  The Midwifery Led Unit at the University Hospital of Wales being one of the largest and most successful in the UK providing intrapartum care to 2,000 women annually.

Career Summary

Current Employments

2014 – Present Reader in Midwifery, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University

2005 – Present Consultant Midwife, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Previous employments

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

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.
Value               £739,828
Period              2013-2014

Upright maternal position in second stage labour in women with epidural analgesia; a randomised controlled trial.
Funder             HTA
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.
Value               £2,685,760
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.
Value               £5,210,098
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.
Value               £709,866.
Period              2013 - 2018

Waterbirth Research Development Group,
Funder             CRC Cymru
Applicants:      J Sanders, K Hood, B Hunter, S Paranjothy.
Value               £2,500
Period              2009

Evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of using topically applied local anaesthetic, to reduce vulval pain associated with spontaneous vaginal delivery.
Funder             Wellbeing
Applicants:      J Sanders.
Value               £12,750
Period              2002

Training Fellowship in Health Services Research,
Funder             Medical Research Council
Applicants:      J Sanders
Value               £89,224
Period              1998 – 2004