Dr Susanne Darra
Associate Professor – Programme Director for Social Sciences
Interprofessional Studies
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. & Coping and Help in Birth: An investigation into ‘normal’ childbirth as described by new mothers and their attending midwives. Midwifery
  2. & Working together to implement a Pre-Qualifying Skills Passport in Wales: Report of a pilot project. British Journal of Midwifery 24(7), 478-483.
  3. 'We all think with the same brain': midwives' stories of normal birth in a community of practice.. Evidence Based Midwifery 14(3), 101-106.
  4. & Minding the gap in midwifery supervision: findings from the 2016 Welsh LSA audit. Evidence Based Midwifery 14(4), 119-124.
  5. & Exploring the value of group supervision in midwifery. Part 2: Evaluation of data from Wales. British Journal of Midwifery 24(4), 288-297.

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Teaching

  • PPS308 Dissertation

    This module will build on research understanding attained in years one and two and will further contextualise theoretical and practical knowledge related to health and social care. The module will support students to retrieve, analyse and synthesise extensive background literature (literature review) to inform their selected research question. It will also support students to present a fully developed research proposal arising from the literature review.

  • SHH300 Dissertation

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • SHM127 Psychosocial Dimensions of Pregnancy and Parenting

    This module introduces learners to the psychological and social dimensions of pregnancy and parenting, covering basic psychological theories, the psychological and emotional impact of pregnancy and parenting, social dimensions of pregnancy, birth and the family, and the social context of motherhood.

  • SHM245 Developing 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.

  • 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.

  • SHM322 High Risk Midwifery Practice - Continuing Professional Development

    This module provides an opportunity for experienced midwives to refresh and evaluate their knowledge and skills; this will enhance their expertise in dealing with critical incidents in high risk midwifery practice. It focuses on high risk issues through which to explore safe midwifery practice. The content is set in context of the current professional and legal framework and promotes appropriate, safe practice for midwives and service users. Candidates' own experiences from practice will be valued and considered fundamental to the aims and outcomes of this module. Problem-based scenarios and in-depth discussion will be used to facilitate learning.

  • SHM328 Optimising Midwifery Practice

    This module aims to enhance and build on the student¿s research practice skills and to also consider the current midwifery issues in depth. 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
1999 Present Midwifery Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Profess Swansea University
1983 1999 Midwife and Team Leader various, NHS

External Responsibilities

  • Chair, Welsh Lead Midwives for Education Group

    2008 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Advisor and Contributor to the Welsh Government All Wales Competency Framework for Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) 2012 - 2012

    Others involved: Chief Nursing Officer, Wales Deanery, Welsh Government

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