Dr Anna Maria Brown
Anna M. Brown is a Midwifery Teaching Fellow in the School of Health & Medical Sciences where she facilitates teaching on all levels of midwifery programmes. She qualified as a nurse in 1982 and then a midwife in 1984. She commenced teaching at Surrey in 2000 after achieving an MSc and a teaching qualification in midwifery education. She was awarded a PhD in 2006 for a thesis on Enquiry Based Learning in Midwifery Education. In addition to teaching activities in research and clinical skills, she focuses on practical research areas with regard to low risk midwifery care.
Educational activities in the past have resulted in grants from the British Council to support Hawler University (Kurdistan Region) to create the first validated midwifery curriculum in Iraq. Other interests in midwifery education have resulted in awards from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust & the Dame Rosalind Paget Trust for post-doctoral research.
Currently Anna's research interests have developed towards more effective high risk care for childbearing women. These specifically focus on the effectiveness of zinc supplementation for women with postnatal depression and more recently maternal and neonatal outcomes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus.
Teaching at all levels of midwifery theory and practice specifically for year 1 clinical skills and obstetric emergency skills for year 3 student midwives. Anna also facilitates the Examination of the Newborn & Advanced Assessment of the Newborn modules for post registration midwifery programmes at level 6 and M levels. In addition, teaching qualitative research methods focusing on phenomenology are of particular interest.
Past professional experiences in midwifery education includes the Director of Studies for Midwifery programmes between Nov 2005 - Aug 2010.
Teaching Fellow Midwifery
- Responsible for all midwifery students on post-registration courses (Aug 2010 to present)
- Midwifery link tutor for BSc Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes (Responsible for 3 year midwifery students at St. Peter's Hospital - Chertsey, UK)
- Dissertation Supervisor and Post-registration 3 PhD students to award
- Assessor/ Mentor Workshops for Professional Update at SP Hospital - MWs
- Module leader for a. Essential Midwifery Practice (BSc L4 Sept 2008 - present) b. Broader Context of Midwifery (BSc L6 Sept 13) c. Examination of the Newborn (Post-reg - Level 6 Jan 2004 - present) d. Advanced Assessment of the Newborn (Post-reg MSc level Jan 2008 - present)
School of Health Sciences Membership & Management
- Midwifery Curriculum Development Group 2001-2010
- Assessment Criteria Development Team 2004
- Chaired Midwifery programme Management Team Meetings (2005-2010)
- Admissions tutor 2005- 2010 & Retention & Recruitment Group 2006- 2010
- Extensions Group 2008 - 2011 & Mitigating Circumstances Group 2008- 2011
- Practice Learning Steering Group 2008-present
Internal University Membership
- Pre-registration & Post-registration Examination Board & Integrated Board of Studies
- Ted Adams Awards Panel
- Chaired confirmation process to PhD for Nutritional Sciences Division 2009
- Chaired confirmation process to PhD from Bournemouth University Mar 2014
- External Examiner for Pre- and Post-Registration Midwifery programmes, University of Stirling, Scotland (2007-2011) (2011-2013)
- External Examiner for Pre-Registration Midwifery programmes, University of West London (2013-2017)
- External representative for validation of midwifery programmes at University of W. London (Sept 2013)
- External representative for validation of the shortened midwifery programme at the University of Highlands and Islands (2018)
National & International Activities
- Member of the Royal College of Midwives and involved with the NMC to update Standards to Support Learning & Teaching in Practice (2008)
- DeLPHe Project : Successfully bid to act in midwifery consultancy capacity £25,000 (funded by the British Council) Worked collaboratively with Hawler University (Kurdistan Region) to create the first midwifery curriculum in Iraq. Worked with support of Head of School and Lead Midwife for Education at UNIS (2011/2012)