Miss Eleanor Healer
Lecturer
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8562

I started my career as a student midwife in East London where I completed 3 years training in diverse Whitechapel and Hackney. I came back to Wales to practice as a newly qualified midwife in Cardiff. After a short time in UHW, I moved on to Aneurin Bevan Health Board and spent 5 fantastic years as an integrated midwife, based in a stand-alone birth centre in the South Wales Valleys. In 2010 I decided to take a big step and head back to university to pursue a postgraduate masters, and in 2011 I completed an LLM in Medical Law from Cardiff University. This was to provide a spring board into teaching undergraduate midwives in midwifery and medical law to other healthcare cohorts at Swansea University, where I have enjoyed working since October 2011.

Teaching

  • SHM121 Introduction to the Profession of Midwifery

    This module will introduce the student to the role of the midwife and the maternity services, and will give an introductory overview of childbirth and midwifery skills in preparation for practice.

  • SHM122 Bioscience for Midwifery

    This module will introduce the student to the structure and function of the human body and to the anatomical and physiological changes that occur throughout childbearing and the key principles of drug administration and infection control.

  • SHM123 Health in Childbearing

    This module will introduce the student to the role of the midwife in health promotion and antenatal education. The skill of critiquing research papers will also be introduced as well as the consideration of ethical issues in relation to public health.

  • SHM125 Foundations for Midwifery Practice

    This module will introduce the student to the practice of midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in a variety of maternity settings.

  • SHM129 Optimising Health and Wellbeing in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

    This module introduces to basic skills in health promotion, illness prevention, and optimization of health and wellbeing in childbearing.

  • SHM130 Working as a Doula 1

    This module introduces learners to the role of the doula and key concepts and skills relating to doula practice.

  • SHM131 Working in the Maternity Care Team 1

    This module introduces students to the role of the maternity care support worker / maternity care assistant (MSW) in the context of maternity care.

  • SHM132 Working as a Doula 2

    This module builds on the outcomes of Working as a Doula 1 and enables learners to explore the role of the doula in depth, developing knowledge, skills and understanding to provide woman and family-centred care in the private sector.

  • SHM243 Challenges in Childbearing

    This module has been designed to develop the student¿s understanding and application of altered health, complex childbearing anatomy and physiology, relevant psycho-social issues and midwifery care provision across the entire childbearing continuum. This includes a range of psycho-social and health complexities impacting on or associated with childbearing women, neonates and their families. Content covered offers the student an overview of these complex processes on childbearing, childbirth and the postnatal period with a specific focus on further developing midwifery knowledge and skills. The theoretical components aim to prepare students for placements where they will continue to deepen their learning and continue to apply knowledge to practice.

  • SHM244 Complicated Childbearing

    This will enable students to develop their competence in dealing with complex and emergency situations in maternity care. Student midwives are supported to build on the knowledge gained in their training to date, in order to develop their clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills further. Understanding risk and focusing on holistic practice will further enhance their decision making and assessment skills.

  • SHM326 Evidence Based Midwifery

    This module supports student midwives to build on the knowledge gained in their education to date, in order to develop their clinical and theoretical knowledge further It incorporates the development of skills of critically analyzing the use of evidence for clinical practice. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM327 Management in Midwifery

    This module will enable the student to explore and analyse healthcare policy making, how policy is implemented in practice and how the implementation may be managed in the clinical setting. The student will also consider essential aspects of management such as leadership, motivation and the management of change. A Blended Learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM329 Effective Midwifery Practice

    This module will continue to develop the student¿s practical skills in midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in midwifery and other health care settings.

  • SHN3045 Nurse Prescribing for Community Nurse Practitioners (V100)

    This module facilitates the students¿ acquisition of the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes for safe effective prescribing from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary making them clinically accountable for any action that they take as part of their prescribing role. The benefits of nurse prescribing has been consistently reported in the literature with evidence to show improved patient care and satisfaction, increased access to medicines, reduction in waiting times and delivery of high quality care (Royal College of Nursing 2012). To practice competently at this level requires practitioners to possess knowledge of pharmacology and ethical and legislative frameworks. Successful completion will enable the practitioner to record their qualification as a `Community practitioner nurse prescriber (V100)¿. A prescribing practice teacher (PT) or sign-off mentor (SOM) or Practice Assessor (PA) will support each student in a practice setting that has undergone an educational audit. The PT / SOM or PA will work alongside the student in guiding prescribing practice in a simulated environment. N.B. If at any time unsafe practice is demonstrated, an automatic fail will result.

  • SHPM45 Introduction to Law and Medicine

    This module introduces the legal system in England & Wales and its role in medicine. Students will be introduced to the nature of law and legal argument and learn how to evaluate case law in relation to consent to examination and treatment.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Departmental Lead for Baby Friendly Initiative - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2011 - Present

  • Lead for Authentic World training and exam - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2011 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 2011 Midwife Portland Hospital, HCA
2005 2010 Integrated Midwife Aneurin Bevan Health Board
2004 2005 Rotational Midwife Cardiff and the Vale NHS trust