Dr Barbara Burden

Associate Dean External Relations

Barbara Burden

I am a qualified nurse and midwife and currently practice in both areas to ensure that what is taught in the classroom reflects current practice.

Working closely with practitioners guarantees that healthcare offered to patients and clients is challenged and refined to promote high clinical standards and sound clinical environments in which our students are placed.

Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse, The Royal Masonic Hospital
  • Registered Midwife, Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery, The Royal College of Midwives
  • Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults (Midwifery), University of Surrey
  • MSc Social Research, University of Surrey
  • PhD, The Open University
  • MBA Higher Education Management

Teaching Role

I have been involved in education for many years and have experience in teaching and supporting students across a range of academic levels.  My areas of teaching interest include:

  • fetal monitoring
  • pre-conception care
  • child protection
  • midwifery supervision
  • the role of the expert witness
  • naturalistic research methodologies.

Research Interests

My research interests are sited within a naturalistic paradigm, with my speciality being grounded theory as this enables me to explore care within the clinical setting by interacting and conversing with practitioners.
My research focuses upon:

  • Exploration of privacy in care settings, including, gossiping in wards, dignity, confidentiality, ward design and issues relating to bodily privacy.
  • Dignity and respect
  • Supervision of midwives
  • Midwifery Education

Recent Research Projects

  • Review of telephone assessments by NHS Direct to mothers with babies less than three months of age, collaborative project with NHSD, 2010
  • Implementation of service improvement into pre-registration nursing and midwifery curricula, three year project funded by NHS South Central, 2009
  • Student access to electronic patient records, three year project funded by NHS South Central, 2009
  • Review of pre-registration nursing curriculum – are nurses fit for practice at the point of registration, University of Bedfordshire funded project, 2008
  • Privacy in maternity care environments, 2007
  • Review of the introduction of telephone assessment of pregnant women by NHS Direct Thames Valley and Northamptonshire, 2003
  • Supporting needs of people living in HIV in Buckinghamshire – funded by Buckinghamshire County Council, £10k, 2003

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Member of the NHS Direct Clinical Governance Team 2007 – 2011
  • Member of the All Parliamentary Group for Maternity
  • Member of the Royal College of Midwives Education Advisory Group

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Implementing a privacy tool into the midwifery care environment, Postgraduate Research Conference, Open University, June 2007
  • Privacy: Privacy in maternity care environments: a mother’s view, Maternity Services Liaison Committee, Bedford, 2005
  • Privacy: Women’s views of privacy in maternity care environments, Postgraduate Research Conference, The Open University, 2004
  • The Role of the Expert Witness, The Evolving Role of the Nurse, Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s Nurses’ League Conference, 2003
  • Women and Privacy, Bedfordshire Primary Care Research Network, 2003
  • Neonatal physiology and the Initiation of breathing in Waterbirth, 2nd Waterbirth Conference, Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust, 2002
  • Teaching and Facilitating Learning at Level 3, The University of Luton and The National Childbirth Trust Education Conference, 2002
  • Evaluating the changing role of midwifery supervision in the United Kingdom, International Confederation of Midwives 26th Triennial Congress, Vienna, 2002
  • Privacy in midwifery practice environments, International Confederation of Midwives 26th Triennial Congress, Vienna, 2002
  • Waterbirth – Why don’t babies drown? Waterbirth Conference, Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust, 2002
  • Perceptions of management and supervision, Supervisors Conference, University College Northampton, 2001
  • Midwives perceptions of supervisors and managers, Supervision in Action Conference, Royal College of Midwives, 2001
  • Local Ethics Committees: done that, now try this, Open University Research Conference, 2001

Poster Presentations

  • Women’s Views of Privacy, University of Luton, Postgraduate Research Day, 2004
  • Auditing Maternity Calls at NHS Direct TVN, University of Luton, Postgraduate Research Day, 2004

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • Burden B 2011 Dignity in Maternity Care, in Matiti M & Baillie L (eds.) Dignity in Healthcare: a practical approach for nurses and midwives, London, Radcliffe
  • Burden B Simons S 2011 Male and Female Reproduction, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes’ Midwifery: a textbook for Midwives, 14th Edition, London, Elsevier
  • Burden B Preston-Shoot M 2011 Frameworks for the Care of the Child, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes’ Midwifery: a textbook for Midwives, 14th Edition, London, Elsevier
  • Burden B Sapsed S 2011 The Fetal Skull, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes’ Midwifery: a textbook for Midwives, 14th Edition, London, Elsevier
  • Burden B Jones P 2011 Preconception Care, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes’ Midwifery: a textbook for Midwives, 14th Edition, London, Elsevier
  • Burden B Stuart C 2005 Bereavement, Grief and the Midwife, in Wickham S (ed.) Midwifery Best Practice Volume 3, London, Elsevier, chapter 6.2, pages 170 -175
  • Burden B Wenman H 2004 Children Act and Social Services, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes’ Midwifery: A textbook for Midwives, 13th Edition, London, Bailliere Tindall, chapter 63, pages 1050 - 1070
  • Burden B Sapsed S 2004 The Fetal Skull, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes Midwifery: A textbook for Midwives, 13th Edition, London, Bailliere Tindall, chapter 15, pages 220 - 234
  • Burden B Simons S 2004 Anatomy of Male and Female Reproduction, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes Midwifery: A textbook for Midwives, 13th Edition, London, Bailliere Tindall, chapter 5, pages 65 - 88
  • Burden B Jones T 2004 Preconception Care, in Henderson C, MacDonald S (eds.) Mayes Midwifery: A textbook for midwives, 13th Edition, London, Bailliere Tindall, chapter 10, pages 143 - 160

Books edited for publication

  • Mirosch N 2003 Going it Alone: The single woman’s guide to pregnancy and birth, London, New Holland Publishers – UK Consultant to publisher.

Journals

  • Burden B Stuart P C 2002 Bereavement, grief and the midwife: providing care for bereaved parents can cause stress and grief to the carer, Practising Midwife, volume 5, number 8, September, pages 14 - 17
  • Burden B 2002 A survey of midwives’ use of baby products, RCM Midwives Journal, volume 5, number 5, May, Mid-month supplement, page 6
  • Burden B Worth D Saville S Wheeler S Reynolds S 2002 Changing the way we care for young mothers, RCM Midwives Journal, volume 5, number 5, May, pages 170 - 173
  • Burden B 2001 Writing a review of the literature: a practical guide, British Journal of Midwifery, volume 9, number 8, pages 498 - 501
  • Burden B Jones T 2001 Improvements to supervision are essential for best practice, British Journal of Midwifery, volume 9, number 4, April, pages 220 – 226
  • Burden B J Jones T 1999 Midwives’ perceptions of supervisors and managers, British Journal of Midwifery volume 7, number 9, September, pages 547 - 552.
  • Burden B J 1998 Privacy or Help? The use of curtain positioning strategies within the maternity ward environment as a means of achieving and maintaining privacy, or as a form of signalling to peers and professionals in an attempt to seek information or support, Advanced Journal of Nursing January, volume 27, number 1, pages 15 – 23.

Contact Details

The University of Bedfordshire
Aylesbury Campus
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Mandeville Road
Aylesbury
HP21 8AL

T: + 44 (0)1296 734311
E: barbara.burden@beds.ac.uk