Dr Julia Sanders
Professor of Clinical Nursing & Midwifery
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.
2014 – Present 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
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