Dr Susanne Darra
Associate Professor – Programme Director for Health & Social Care
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8569

I am an Associate Professor in the College of Human and Health Sciences. I worked as a midwife from 1983 to 1999 and since then I have been a university lecturer with a special interest in social science research. Throughout my career my abiding aim has always been to contribute positively to the wellbeing of the public and I continually strive to build bridges between education and the world of work. I also aim to empower students to become excellent contributors to society and to become leaders in their field to challenge received wisdom and utilise their hard-won knowledge for the benefit of the wider community.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am currently working in the broad area of Social Sciences. I research, publish and present findings from several strands of my work in relation to education, clinical supervision, workplace learning, and young families. 

Publications

  1. & From a rabbit in the headlights to a confident user of research evidence.. The Practising Midwife 20(7), 20-22.
  2. & Coping and Help in Birth: An investigation into ‘normal’ childbirth as described by new mothers and their attending midwives. Midwifery
  3. & Working together to implement a Pre-Qualifying Skills Passport in Wales: Report of a pilot project. British Journal of Midwifery 24(7), 478-483.
  4. 'We all think with the same brain': midwives' stories of normal birth in a community of practice.. Evidence Based Midwifery 14(3), 101-106.
  5. & Minding the gap in midwifery supervision: findings from the 2016 Welsh LSA audit. Evidence Based Midwifery 14(4), 119-124.

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Teaching

  • SHH300 Dissertation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop a research proposal relevant for research in health and social care.

  • SHHM25 Public Health and Lifelong Learning for Physician’s Associates

    This module is only available to students on the MSc Physician Associate Studies. The module combines practice learning with the development of new knowledge in a way that enables students to become reflective practitioners.

  • SHHM55 Introduction to Research, Evidence based Practice and Reflection for Physicians Associates

    This module will be a compulsory module within the MSc / Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Physician¿s Associate Studies and reflects compulsory curriculum content. The module aims to introduce students to the main research paradigms including the principles of research, and the ability to appraise research to provide an evidence base for their personal practice. Students will also be introduced to reflective practice and its value in enabling reflection on clinical learning and the development of clinical competence.

  • 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. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM125 Foundations for Midwifery Practice

    This module will introduce the student to the practical skills of midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in midwifery settings.

  • SHM126 Introduction to Maternity Care

    This module introduces learners to the current context of maternity care, defining roles, key terminology, and key concepts for promoting health providing support to childbearing women and their families.

  • 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.

  • SHM247 Study Skills for Midwifery - Short Programme

    This module will reintroduce the student to the skills of reflection and the conventions of essay writing at undergraduate level.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHMM00 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives

    The aim of the module is to develop the expertise of the student to be able to meet the required standard of competence and knowledge to practice effectively as a Supervisor of midwives.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

Administrative Responsibilities

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
April 2016 Present Associate Professor Health & Social Care Swansea University
2009 2016 Head of Midwifery Education Swansea University
August 2009 April 2016 Associate Professor, Lead Midwife for Education Swansea University
1999 2009 Midwifery Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer Swansea University
1983 1999 Midwife in various roles Swansea

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, London City University

    2017 - Present

  • Task Force Member for Clinical Supervision, Midwives in Wales

    2017 - Present

  • Regular reviewer, ‘Midwifery’ and ‘Nurse Education Today’

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

    Directorate of Women’s Health Research Forum

  • All Wales Midwifery & Reproductive Health Research Forum

    An all-Wales forum with representation from across the Principality