Bringing together health and education

Posted on Wed, 01/11/2017 by Helen McAdam, Practice Educator Midwife

Helen McAdam

I started my career in 1996 training as a nurse in Leeds - since then my career has taken me across the country and back again. I also have had the great pleasure of carrying out charity work in some the worlds most deprived places.

I trained as a midwife in 2000 in Cambridgeshire after delivering five babies in A&E with no experience or knowledge of how to deliver a baby! I thought why not study and find out how to do this, I’ve never looked back since. I have a vast amount of varied experiences that I value immensely.

I joined the QE in 2012, relocating from Cambridgeshire where I was Community Midwife Manager.

I took on this new role in August 2017 after successfully accepting a joint appointment between the QE and Northumbria University as an Associate Lecturer in Health and Life Sciences in March 2017.

Education has become a real passion of mine over the last 2 years and now being able to link professional learning to academic teaching has been an amazing achievement.

My typical day involves a lot of admin currently, developing databases and collating information for the maternity unit on training sessions available to staff. 

I deliver the mandatory updates for the maternity staff once a month and also work on student allocation of mentors and developing the best learning environment for student’s experiences.

I can be lecturing at the university one day, delivering lectures on anatomy and physiological processes within midwifery and then the next day working alongside staff delivering care to women and babies.

I see my role as a way to develop staff to assist them in delivering a high standard of care to all the women and families that they encounter, but also to promote midwifery to the wider public and help develop the staff of the future.

What I enjoy the most about my job is seeing people do well and achieving knowledge and learning to assist their everyday work and to provide a high standard of care to the public because of that learning. Ultimately, being a catalyst to improving care is my main enjoyment.

My new role is a secondment to assist and improve the training made available to the maternity staff.

I will work closely with the practice development team within the general hospital, and hope to provide lots of updates for maternity staff and students.

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