WCH Research Midwives

Research Midwives

Mary Alvarez

Senior Research Midwife

Mary entered research in January 2015, and was promoted within North Bristol Trust to the role of senior research midwife in 2017. Mary brought 27 years of clinical midwifery experience into her research role. Her passion is to create a research culture where research is ‘everyone’s daily business’ and to rotate midwives through the department to create research champions in the ward areas. Mary is also a member of PROMPT (Practical obstetric multi professional training) and helps train maternity teams in obstetric emergencies both in this country and abroad.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Nichola Bale

Senior Research Midwife

Nicky was a clinical midwife who worked in complicated antenatal and intrapartum care for 16 years before entering research in 2016.  Based in the Great  Western Hospital, Swindon, she was the lead midwife for the IMox intrapartum study.  Working on this study made Nicky realise she had a keen interest in research processes and the difference research can make to patient care; both at the point of delivery and for future patients.  Keen to pursue this as a new career pathway, Nicky took an 8 month fixed term contract at North Bristol NHS Trust, which was extended and then made permanent in October 2019.  She is currently enrolled in the One NBT Leadership Programme.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Elizabeth Deacon (Annie)

Research Midwife

After retiring from clinical practice in May 2016, with 38 years of nursing and midwifery experience, Annie entered research, supporting the IMOX study at St Michaels Hospital, where she had previously been employed. With little time and opportunity to become involved in research during her career, she embraced the experience, using her years of clinical knowledge to support the maternity related research studies in the unit. She moved to North Bristol Trust in July 2018, a growing research department, where she could develop her research role and become involved in a wider breadth of studies.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Lily Exell

Research Midwife

Lily qualified as a Midwife in 2015 after completing her Midwifery degree at the University of the West of England. She then began her career as a rotational midwife at North Bristol NHS Trust and became a core Delivery Suite midwife. Lily now works between Delivery Suite and the research department in Women and Children’s with the passion to improve the care women and their babies receive. She has spent the majority of her time in the research department working on the ASSIST study, investigating the BD Odon device.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Alison Kirby

Research Midwife

Alison is a WCHRU’s research midwife where she leads the University of Bristol’s Brist-IVF study at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine.
For the past eleven years she has worked as a research midwife alongside her clinical midwifery role and has coordinated a variety of studies within the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology. She has been the local principle investigator for the Cleft Collective and the Brist-IVF study and has also lectured for the University of Bristol.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Mary Lynch

Delivery Suite Midwife

Mary Lynch works clinically as a Delivery Suite Midwife at NBT and as a Research Midwife for the WCHRU. She is also affiliated with the University of Bristol whilst she pursues a postgraduate research qualification (MRes). She has worked with the WCHRU team in stillbirth research for the last three years. Most recently she has been involved in assessing the feasibility of integrating parental input into the perinatal mortality review process, which takes place after the loss of a baby before birth (Stillbirth) or shortly afterwards (Neonatal death) – the PARENTS study. This research has informed a new National Bereavement Care Pathway and Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT).

Mary is also a collaborator in a National Institute for Health Research project to develop a Core Outcome Set (COS) for interventions after stillbirth (iCHOOSE Study). She has also been closely involved in developing a set of Global Principles for Stillbirth in Low and Middle-income countries – an on-going project  in collaboration with the International Stillbirth Alliance.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Naomi Mallinson

Research Midwife

Naomi joined the Maternity Research team in 2016 and brought with her a wealth of clinical midwifery experience. Naomi qualified as a midwife in 2002 and continues to work clinically on Central Delivery Suite. She enjoys the opportunity to promote a research positive culture within her clinical area of work.
Naomi has delivered various studies within the department and has more recently become a core member of the Maternity Research team, allowing her to support junior members of the team.
Naomi is keen to promote the positive impact of research and recognises the wide range of benefits that taking part in research offers to patients, staff and NBT.

 

 

Women & Children's Research

Katie Mettam

Research Midwife

Katie qualified as a Midwife in 2016 after studying for her midwifery degree at the University of the West of England. Since then she worked as a rotational Midwife at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, and completed two secondments to the Midwife led birth unit there. Katie joined the Women and Children’s research department on secondment in October 2019 to work on the AKID study, investigating Acute Kidney Injury and Diabetes in pregnancy. Katie is passionate about evidence based practice and the positive impact research can have on improving patient care.

 

Women & Children's Research

Alex Oliver

Research Midwife

Alex is a gynaecology research nurse and joined the Women’s and Children’s research team in 2019. She is an adult registered nurse and brings with her 7 years clinical experience in both gynaecology and emergency medicine. She is currently involved with some interventional studies, one of which looks at whether inflammation of the womb lining could attribute to ladies who suffer recurrent miscarriages. Alex enjoys being a part of research and helping shape future, more effective care for our patients.