Dr Sarah Norris
Head of Midwifery Education and Lead Midwife for Education
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8563

Sarah Norris is Head of Midwifery Education and LME at Swansea University, and Associate Professor. She trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and worked in the Operating Theatres before becoming a Midwife. Since then, her career has spanned over 20 years experience in the midwifery profession since completing a Diploma to become a Registered Midwife in 1995. A BSc (Hons) in Midwifery followed in 1997 and later an MA in Ethics in Healthcare. Her career started as a practicing midwife at Swansea NHS Trust (now ABMU Health Board) in both hospital and community settings. After completing the Supervisor of Midwives programme in 2002, Sarah went on to supervise midwives until 2014, totalling 12 years in Supervision. Sarah was Practice Development Midwife for 2 years in the run up to joining us at the College in 2003. Her first role was as a Midwifery tutor, which then progressed to becoming Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor. Sarah has been the Lead for The All Wales Preparation of Supervisor of Midwives Programme and is also the Programme Director for the MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course.

Sarah's day-to-day mainly revolves around her overall responsibility for the quality of the midwifery programmes and supporting the Midwifery team in their development of innovative and exciting teaching approaches thus enhancing the student experience. Sarah believes that the talent and dedication of the excellent Midwifery lecturing team at the College has made this achievement possible. She personally teaches on the pre-registration programme and the Masters level work based learning programme (MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice).

Sarah completed her PhD in 2015, an Ethnographic Study which explored the teaching and learning of midwifery mentors and student midwives in a midwifery led setting, and has presented papers from her research at international conferences in the UK and Australia.

Sarah is interested in all areas of midwifery education particularly enhancing normal birth, teaching and learning in practice and mentorship. Her teaching has progressed to work not only in the UK but also in developing countries around the world.

Teaching

  • SHG285 Starting Your Professional Development

    The aim of this module is to equip students with the necessary skills for work based learning, including self assessment, construction of a learning contract and compilation of a portfolio of evidence.

  • SHG3099 Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health

    This module is designed to enable health care practitioners to gain the knowledge and skills required to be able to practise in a contraception and sexual health capacity appropriate to their role. There will be some taught components but the module will be primarily work based learning.

  • SHGM16 Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health

    This module is designed to enable health care practitioners to gain the knowledge and skills required to be able to practise in a contraception and sexual health capacity appropriate to their role. There will be some taught components but the module will be primarily work based learning.

  • SHGM90M Starting Your Professional Development

    The aim of this module is to equip students with the necessary skills for work based learning, including self assessment, construction of a learning contract and compilation of a portfolio of evidence. This is the first module for students wishing to pursue the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice . It will introduce students to the principles of work-based learning and the skills required to facilitate personal and professional development for themselves and for their colleagues.

  • SHGM91M Professional Midwifery Practice Portfolio

    The aim of this module is for the student to demonstrate the personal and professional development that has occurred for them since commencing the programme. This is the equivalent of the dissertation module, requiring submission of a portfolio dissertation demonstrating personal and professional learning and development that has occurred since commencing the programme. The portfolio dissertation will amalgamate and consolidate all previous modules to demonstrate how learning from those modules has influenced practice and facilitated personal and professional development.

  • SHGM92M Policy Influences on Your Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate their practice in relation to current policy drivers at global, national and local levels.

  • SHGM93M Assessing Your Current Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable the student to assess and evaluate a chosen area of their practice. Students will gain skills in evidence based practice and service evaluation.

  • SHGM94M How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to review the evidence base for their practice and to examine the applicability of the evidence. There is an emphasis on the importance of understanding research for developing practice.

  • SHGM95M How Can I Make a Change in Practice?

    The aim of this module is to enable students to review the approaches to management and leadership in order to consider how they could utilise different approaches to make changes in practice.

  • SHGM96M Advancing Your Own Practice

    The aim of this module is to encourage students to think about extending the scope of their own practice. It would be most suitable for those working as specialist or advanced practitioners in their field, or those wishing to move into such a role.

  • SHGM97M Teaching and Learning in Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable practitioners to develop their teaching and facilitation skills in practice using a work based approach to learning.

  • SHM124W Sgiliau Astudio ar Gyfer Bydwreigiaeth

    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn cyflwyno¿r fyfyrwraig/myfyr¿r i sgiliau adlewyrchu a chonfensiynau o ysgrifennu traethodau ar lefel israddedig.

  • 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.

  • SHM242 Psychosocial Context of Childbearing

    This module introduces the student to key sociological and psychological concepts and theories, allowing them to understand the context of midwifery care and the dimensions of the social world. Students will address issues which challenge women within the social context, and will promote a holistic approach to individualised care within the maternity setting. A Blended Learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM246 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHMM01 Leadership and Professional Studies in Midwifery

    This module will develop knowledge and skills in leadership for midwifery, and to explore the professional issues inherent in contemporary midwifery practice, which influence the individual midwife and impact on the provision of maternity care in today¿s NHS.

  • SHMM02 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)

    The aim of the module is to develop the expertise of the supervisors of midwives to be able to meet the required standard of competence and knowledge to practise effectively in their role.