Mrs Lesley Turner

Mrs Lesley Turner

Senior Teaching Fellow

Research interests

  • The relationship between midwifery staffing and the quality of care.
  • Workforce sustainability and wellbeing
  • Quantitative research methods / Analysis of secondary data from health organisations

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Lesley joined the University in 2019 as a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Midwifery undergraduate team.  She previously worked in BSc Adult Nursing / Trainee Nurse Associate education and has experience of educating students via traditional university routes and apprenticeships. Her education journey started by teaching parent education and later contributing to an Access to Higher Education programme for a local college.

Lesley has 14 years experience working as a midwife in local Trusts and has close ties with practice.  Previous roles as Clinical Educator and Practice Development Midwife enable Lesley to support clinical skills for our midwifery students.  Lesley completed a Masters in Public Health at St George's University of London and is dual qualified as both a nurse and midwife.  

As Head of Practice Education, Lesley oversees the quality of clinical placements for both nursing and midwifery students.  This involves close links with our partner organisations and other higher education providers to ensure that safe and effective learning environments are provided.  She contributes to curriculum development and the strategic planning of clinical placements.  Lesley chairs the Practice Learning Committee which meets 3 times a year to discuss nursing, midwifery and AHP practice learning with representatives from provider organisations.

Lesley is a personal academic tutor and an academic assessor under the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment.  She is a personal tutor for year 3 students and teaches on a number of modules on the midwifery programme.  Lesley is in her final year completing a part-time PhD alongside her responsibilities in the school of health sciences.