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Dr Ellen L Kitson-Reynolds DClinP, BM (Hons), RM (Dip), RN (Cert), PCAP, PFHEA, MECC Accredited

Director of Programmes: Nursing and Midwifery , Principal Teaching Fellow , Midwifery Programmes/Group Manager, Lead Midwife for Education, Professional Midwifery Advocate/Academic Lead for Managing Student , Incidents in Practice (Midwifery)

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Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds is the Director of Programmes: Nursing and Midwifery, Midwifery Programme Manager and Principle Teaching Fellow in Health Sciences, University of Southampton and a Post-doctoral Clinical academic Midwife. Ellen’s clinical and published expertise covers clinical decision making, supporting newly qualified midwives and educational advances for pre-registration midwifery education, continuity of carer implementation in midwifery curriculum, bladder management linked to birth and a special interest in autistic spectrum disorders linked to maternity services.

I passionately believe in supporting midwives to achieve their fullest potential that will positively impact women and their families through their pregnancy, birth and post-birth experiences and for the next generation of midwives to espouse the highest quality professional values.

I am currently lecturing at the University of Southampton. I am also a Professional Midwifery Advocate for the Southampton area.  My professional background is as a nurse and midwife, with academic activity linked to:

Research interests

  • Research into the experience of newly qualified midwives - International collaboration linked to transition from student to midwife
  • Bladder management linked to the intrapartum period
  • Service evaluations linked to enhanced recovery after planned caesarean section
  • Supporting students to complete service evaluations in local NHS Trusts
  • Continuity of Carer

PhD supervision

I supervise Doctoral students linked to clinical practice – particularly midwifery, decision making, women’s health, continuity of carer, service provision and qualitative methodologies.

Supervised 4 PhD/DClinP to completion

Examined final Viva as x1 external examiner and x1 internal

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

  • Midwifery programmes manager covering pre-registration direct entry Midwifery programmes 
  • Lead Midwife for Education
  • Core member of committees and groups linked to the curriculum, education and student engagement/satisfactio 
  • Professional midwifery advocate for UHSFT 
  • Clinical investigations/complaints/fitness to practice 
  • Multi professional curriculum development 
  • Supporting Trusts to develop continuity of carer experiences for the future workforce/student midwives
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  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2015) Greater support and debriefing may help student midwives to process traumatic birth experiences (Commentary) Evidence Based Nursing ebnurs-2015-102194Published Online First: 6 October 2015 doi:10.1136/eb-2015-102194
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E., Ferns, P. and Trenerry, A. (2015) Transition to midwifery: collaborative working between university and maternity services British Journal of Midwifery 23(7) pp510-515
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E; Cluett, E and Le May, A (2014) Fairy tale midwifery – fact or fiction: the lived experiences of newly qualified midwives. British Journal of Midwifery 22 (9) pp660-668
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E and Ferns, P (2013) Supporting student midwives through clinical incidences in practice: the Southampton Model. British Journal of Midwifery 21, (11), 808-812
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E and Rogers, J (2011) Decision making and supervision for third year student midwives British Journal of Midwifery 19, (2), 125-129
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2010) The lived experience of newly qualified midwives University of Southampton, School of Health Sciences. Doctoral Thesis 358pp
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2009) Energizing EBL through technology advances British Journal of Midwifery 17(2) pp118-122
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2009) Developing decision making for students using interactive practice British Journal of Midwifery 17(4) pp238-243
  • Kitson-Reynolds  E. (2005) Students and Supervision. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 15 (3): 302-304.

Conference Presentations:

  • Kitson-Reynolds, E and Rogers, J (2012) "Statement writing for professionals", Healthy Cultures and Positive Attitudes, South Central Annual Local Supervising Authority Conference, Portsmouth, Hants, Queen Alexander Hospital Education Centre
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E (2010) "The Lived Experience of Newly Qualified Midwives", Maternity Services in a Changing World, Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference, Manchester, Manchester Central.
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E (2010) "The Lived Experience of Newly Qualified Midwives", University of Southampton Post Graduate conference, Southampton, Hants, Post Grad Centre, Southampton General Hospital.
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. and Rogers, J (2009) "Decision making in practice", South Central Annual Local Supervising Authority Conference, Heatherwood, Surrey, Postgrad Centre Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital
  • Symposium: Strengthening midwifery through valuing learning from an in practice (joint presentation with colleagues), 2008 International Congress of Midwives, Glasgow
  • SoM Drop-in Surgery for Student Midwives (2006) – Poster presentation RCM Conference, Torquay






  • Principle fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • NMC registered teacher
  • Midwifery Programme Lead and module lead
  • Teaching includes:
  • Decision making, leadership and risk management
  • Professional standards and rules, legal aspects
  • Women's health and related gynaecology resilience/strength based approaches 
  • Clinical skills
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Normalising birth/universal care
  • Bladder management
  • Professional development
  • Continuity of Carer
Dr Ellen L Kitson-Reynolds
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/4009

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