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Yr Athro Billie Hunter CBE

Yr Athro Billie Hunter

CBE

Athro Bydwreigiaeth y Coleg Bydwreigiaeth Brenhinol (RCM)

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Gofal Iechyd

Email:
hunterb1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 88564
Location:
Ystafell 12.09, Tŷ Eastgate, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 0AB

Career Overview:

One of the first Bachelor of Nursing students in England, I undertook undergraduate study at Manchester University from 1972-76. I graduated with qualifications in general nursing, health visiting and district nursing, working for a short time in each of these roles before training as a midwife at Guys and St Thomas Hospitals. I developed a strong interest in working with new parents, particularly around the time of birth, leading to a clinical career in both midwifery (NHS and independent practice) and health visiting. I have worked in settings as diverse as Inner London and the Outer Hebrides, as well as in voluntary sector community projects.

In 1992 I moved into education, teaching at Pembrokeshire Further Education College before becoming a lecturer at Swansea University in 1996. I spent 16 years at Swansea University, gaining my PhD in 2002, supported by an Iolanthe Trust Research Fellowship. My PhD explored the emotion work undertaken by qualified and student midwives.   In 2006, I was appointed as the first Chair of Midwifery in Wales. In this role, I developed the midwifery research programme at Swansea University, as well as supporting the general development of Welsh midwifery research. A Leading Practice Through Research Award from the Health Foundation from 2004-2006 supported an ethnographic study of the All Wales Clinical Pathway for Normal Labour and establishing the Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Forum.

In February 2012 I was appointed as RCM Professor of Midwifery at Cardiff University.

Awards and Prizes:

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford. Jan 2010 $acirc;   Dec 2012 (Visiting Senior Fellow, Sept 2005- 2010)

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 7-20th Feb 2011, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Leading Practice Through Research Award, The Health Foundation. Oct 2004 $acirc;   Dec 2006

Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Research Fellowship. September 1999 - September 2001

Ann Stewart Award, Iolanthe Midwifery Trust for commitment to midwifery practice.   July 1999

Welsh National Board/General Nursing Council Research Training Fellowship, April 1997 - April 1998

Membership and External Activity:

Membership:

  • Royal College of Midwives
  • UK Centre for History of Nursing and Midwifery (UKCHNM) Advisory Board
  • De Partu History of Childbirth Group
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group
  • Working with Emotions Network
External activity:

International:

  • Advisory Group Member, International Confederation of Midwives Expert Advisory Group on Midwifery and Maternal Health Research (2002 $acirc;   ongoing)
  • Editorial Board member, Women and Birth ( Journal of the Australian College of Midwives)
  • International Advisory Board: Midwifery (2006 $acirc;   ongoing)
Membership of Editorial Boards/Scientific Committees:
  • International Advisory Board: Midwifery (2006 $acirc;   ongoing)
  • Sub- Editor, Editorial Board, Women and Birth (Research Journal of the Australian College of Midwives)
  • Editorial Panel: Evidence Based Midwifery Journal (2003 - ongoing)
  • Scientific Committee: International Conference: A Labour of Love? Emotion Work and Reproduction. University of Huddersfield. Sept 15-16 2005

Peer reviewer: I regularly review for a number of midwifery, healthcare, medical sociology and history journals.

Referee (Grant awarding bodies):

I regularly referee for a number of grant awarding bodies including: NIHR HSRSDO, NIHR RfPB, NIHR HTA, ESRC

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford. Jan 2010 -   Dec 2012 (Visiting Senior Fellow, Sept 2005- 2010)

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 7-20th Feb 2011, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Leading Practice Through Research Award, The Health Foundation. Oct 2004 -   Dec 2006

Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Research Fellowship. September 1999 - September 2001

Ann Stewart Award, Iolanthe Midwifery Trust for commitment to midwifery practice.   July 1999

Welsh National Board/General Nursing Council Research Training Fellowship, April 1997 - April 1998

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Royal College of Midwives
  • UK Centre for History of Nursing and Midwifery (UKCHNM) Advisory Board
  • De Partu History of Childbirth Group
  • BSA Medical Sociology Group
  • Working with Emotions Network

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£5000, Wellcome Trust, $acirc; Witness seminar on Changing Childbirth twenty years on: genesis, implementation and legacy.$acirc;   October 17th 2013, RCOG London (Co-applicant with Dr Tania Macintosh University of Nottingham (PI) and Prof Mavis Kirkham University of West of Scotland)

£120,000, NLIAH, 'Contributing to an evidence base in workforce research. (PI. Prof D Kelly), Prof B Hunter, Prof P. Donnelly, Prof Z Radnor, Dr A Jones, Dr A McDermott, C O'Brien, Dr S Pratt and Dr D Watkins.

£7558, 2012 Royal College of Midwives. Investigating Resilience in Midwifery. Funding to support a preliminary qualitative investigation ( online focus groups and Delphi Group), as a precursor to developing an intervention to enhance resilience in midwifery. ( Lead Applicant: Billie Hunter)

£184,717, March 31 st 2011 $acirc;   March 30 th 2014 University of Surrey. RESPONSE: A collaborative research project to understand how (poor) communication by nurses and midwives contributes to complaints and to explore the role of clinical leadership in promoting effective communication for nurses and midwives in responding to informal complaints. Co-investigator. PI Dr Helen Allan, Centre for Research in Nursing & Midwifery Education, Division of Health & Social Care, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, University of Surrey. (  £7,231 to Swansea University)

$5193 (AUS $) 7-20 th Feb 2011 University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Distinguished Visiting Scholar ( Applicants: Professor Caroline Homer, Dr Jenny Fenwick, Professor Billie Hunter)

£2,283 1 st December 2010 $acirc;   30 th November 2011. National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) Children and Young People's Research Network. Seedcorn funding for new Research Development Group "Enhancing support for parents with babies in neonatal intensive care$acirc;  . (Lead Applicant: Billie Hunter, with co-applicants from Swansea University, Cardiff University, University of Central Lancashire, and clinicians from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board )

2100 June 2010 EPSRC Bridging the Gaps Funding. $acirc;  A Life in Error$acirc;  . Distinguished Lecture and Masterclass by Professor James Reason, Emeritus Professor, Manchester University (Lead Applicant: Billie Hunter, Co-applicant Prof Harold Thimbleby, Professor of Computer Science, Swansea University )

£51,558 April 1st 2009 $acirc;   March 31 st 2012 Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales for Nursing and Allied Health Professionals (rcbcwales) PhD Fellowship. Managing weight gain in pregnancy: women$acirc;  s experience and clinical practice    Student: Lucie Warren; Co-applicants: Prof Billie Hunter, Dr Jaynie Rance

£6025. 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009 Royal College of Midwives Welsh Board. Mapping Maternity Care and Outcomes in Wales Study. (Co-applicant with All Wales Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Forum)

£4072. 1 st June 2008 - 30 th November 2009. Swansea NHS Trust R&D Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section $acirc;   Decision Making in Subsequent Pregnancies in a Maternity Unit with High Intervention Rates. ( PI : Sarah Fox, co-applicants Prof Billie Hunter, Dr Myriam Bonduelle)

£146,576. October 2004 - October 2006 The Health Foundation: Leading Practice Through Research Award A Policy Ethnography of the All Wales Clinical Pathway for Normal Labour. Principal Investigator: Billie Hunter

£50,000. September 1999 - September 2001 Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Research Fellowship Principal Investigator: Billie Hunter

£7000. 2003 Health Professions Wales McAteer V Hunter B Sexuality in the student midwife curriculum

£14,000. 2004-2005 Health Professions Wales Darra S, McIvor M, Hunter B An investigation into the career pathways of three year student midwives in Wales

£7000. 2005-2006 Health Professions Wales Scouller A Hunter B The role of midwives in supporting women to have a healthy diet in pregnancy .

£5000. 1997-1998 Welsh National Board/General Nursing Council Research Training Fellowship.