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Prof. Hunter and Dr. Warren publish resilience report

30 October 2013


Two academics at the School of Healthcare Sciences have published a report following research into the resilience of midwives. The research, which sits within the Maternal, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing research theme, was undertaken by RCM professor of midwifery Professor Billie Hunter and Dr Lucie Warren, Research Associate.

The study explored clinical midwives’ understanding and experience of resilience, modelling the concept in collaboration with a panel of experts. The specific objectives of the study were to identify the factors considered to contribute to or act as barriers to resilience, and to explore how the resilience of student and newly qualified midwives might be enhanced. By understanding more about resilience, it may be possible to better nurture novice midwives and those experiencing workplace stress. In other words, it may provide new knowledge to enable the profession to 'care for the carers'. Resilience is not about becoming tough or hardened, rather it is characterised by adaptability, self-knowledge and emotional awareness. This study indicates that resilience is a complex phenomenon, which warrants serious consideration from clinical midwives, managers, educators and researchers.

Professor Hunter and Dr Warren will be leading a plenary into resilience and undermining behaviour called ‘Surviving and Thriving’ at this years Royal College of Midwives’ Annual Conference on 14th  November.

To download the report, please click here.