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Mrs Rachael Crocker  RM, MSc, BMid (Hons), PGCAP, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow - Midwifery

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Rachael Crocker is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Midwifery, working within a small team to provide undergraduate midwifery education within the School of Health Sciences. Rachael joined the University of Southampton in 2018 as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and secured a substantive post as Senior Teaching Fellow in June 2021. 

Prior to working at the University of Southampton, my clinical background has always focused around ‘high-risk’ midwifery or those with additional care needs. With 10 years experience of working in a busy tertiary unit, I gained valuable experiences and knowledge which I disseminate to the students.

I was also a Practice Education Midwife in charge of the preceptorship programme, therefore I have a particular interest in the transition from student midwife to preceptor. More specifically why some skills and training aren’t taught until after qualification and whether these can be included within our current programme.

Having completed my undergraduate Midwifery degree and my Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Southampton, I have a strong appreciation of the demands completing a midwifery degree requires and understand the absolute need for effective pastoral support.

Whilst I am relatively new to academia, I have had a varied professional career and I am hoping to commence a Doctorate in the near future.

Research interests

  • Provision of Evidence Based Care to increase choice for women and their families
  • Transition from Student Midwife to Preceptor 
  • Supporting students to complete Service Evaluations in Local NHS trusts

  • Personal Academic Tutor
  • Module and Cohort Leadership 
    Implementation Lead for Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA)
  • Undergraduate and MSc Supervision
  • Curriculum Development
  • Academic Assessor 
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Module Leadership including responsibility for timetabling, planning, teaching, assessment, moderation and evaluation within the Midwifery BSc programme
  • Teaching a wide range of topics across the pre-registration midwifery curriculum, from clinical skills to compassionate care for vulnerable groups. 
Mrs Rachael Crocker
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/3059

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