Dr Kirstie Coxon


I am an Associate Professor in Midwifery (Research), and Faculty Postgraduate Research Degrees Director (PhD and EdD programmes). I am Course Director for the MRes (Clinical Research) and co-director with Dr Nidhi Sofat for the PG Certificate in Healthcare Research Skills and Methods. As well as being an active researcher, lecturer and PhD supervisor, I co-lead the Faculty's 'Inclusive Health and Wellbeing' research group https://www.healthcare.ac.uk/research/inclusive-health-and-wellbeing-research-group/ which encompasses research amongst people at life transitions including pregnancy and birth, people with rare diseases, and global health research.

My research in maternity care is focused on evaluations of complex interventions, models of care and policy relevant research, and shared decision making. I lead the 'Ways of Knowing' theme in the pre-registration midwifery curriculum, focusing on critical examination of knowledge and evidence.

I lead on capacity development for aspiring clinical academics in nursing, midwives and allied health professions. My own doctoral and post-doctoral research were funded by National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships, and I am an NIHR advocate for Clinical Academic Careers (https://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-research-community/NIHR-academy/career-development-support/nihr-training-advocates.htm), and a member of the NIHR incubator for Nursing and Midwifery. I am deputy theme lead for capacity building, and also Training Lead for the NIHR South London Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) https://www.arc-sl.nihr.ac.uk/

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD in Health Studies Research
  • MA in Health Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • Dip (H Ed) Nursing Studies
  • Registered Nurse (Adult)
  • Registered Midwife
  • NMC Registered teacher

Teaching and learning


Most of my research is in maternity care, in service design and evaluation - I am interested in global health and maternity care as well as UK services, and I am currently involved in two process evaluations (studies nested within clinical trials)  - DESiGN https://www.hra.nhs.uk/planning-and-improving-research/application-summaries/research-summaries/the-design-trial-detection-of-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-sga/ and POPPIE https://www.medscinet.net/POPPIE/

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 17.


Robinson, Anna, Coxon, Kirstie, McRae, Jackie and Calestani, Melania (2022) Family carers’ experiences of dysphagia after a stroke : an exploratory study of spouses living in a large metropolitan city. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, ISSN (print) 1368-2822 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Fernandez Turienzo, Cristina, Silverio, Sergio A., Coxon, Kirstie, Brigante, Lia, Seed, Paul T., Shennan, Andrew H. and Sandall, Jane (2021) Experiences of maternity care among women at increased risk of preterm birth receiving midwifery continuity of care compared to women receiving standard care : results from the POPPIE pilot trial. PLoS ONE, 16(4), e0248588. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Fernandez Turienzo, Cristina, Rayment‐Jones, Hannah, Roe, Yvette, Silverio, Sergio A., Coxon, Kirstie, Shennan, Andrew H. and Sandall, Jane (2021) A realist review to explore how midwifery continuity of care may influence preterm birth in pregnant women. Birth, ISSN (print) 0730-7659 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Fernandez Turienzo, Cristina, Bick, Debra, Briley, Annette L., Bollard, Mary, Coxon, Kirstie, Cross, Pauline, Silverio, Sergio A., Singh, Claire, Seed, Paul T., Tribe, Rachel M., Shennan, Andrew H., Sandall, Jane and POPPIE Pilot Collaborative Group [Author-contributor] (2020) Midwifery continuity of care versus standard maternity care for women at increased risk of preterm birth : a hybrid implementation–effectiveness, randomised controlled pilot trial in the UK. PLOS Medicine, 17(10), e1003350. ISSN (print) 1549-1277

Coxon, Kirstie, Turienzo, Cristina Fernandez, Kweekel, Liselotte, Goodarzi, Bahareh, Brigante, Lia, Simon, Agnes and Lanau, Miriam Morlans (2020) The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on maternity care in Europe. Midwifery, 88, p. 102779. ISSN (print) 0266-6138

Baker, Natasha, Gillman, Lindsay and Coxon, Kirstie (2020) Assessing mental health during pregnancy : an exploratory qualitative study of midwives’ perceptions. Midwifery, 86, p. 102690. ISSN (print) 0266-6138

Fernandez Turienzo, C., Bick, D., Bollard, M., Brigante, L., Briley, A., Coxon, K., Cross, P., Healey, A., Mehta, M., Melaugh, A., Moulla, J., Seed, P. T., Shennan, A. H., Singh, C., Tribe, R. M. and Sandall, J. (2019) POPPIE : protocol for a randomised controlled pilot trial of continuity of midwifery care for women at increased risk of preterm birth. Trials, 20(271), ISSN (online) 1745-6215

Vieira, Matias C., Relph, Sophie, Copas, Andrew, Healey, Andrew, Coxon, Kirstie, Alagna, Alessandro, Briley, Annette, Johnson, Mark, Lawlor, Deborah A., Lees, Christoph, Marlow, Neil, McCowan, Lesley, Page, Louise, Peebles, Donald, Shennan, Andrew, Thilaganathan, Baskaran, Khalil, Asma, Sandall, Jane and Pasupathy, Dharmintra (2019) The DESiGN trial (DEtection of Small for Gestational age Neonate), evaluating the effect of the Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP) : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 20(154), ISSN (online) 1745-6215

Chang, Yan-Shing, Coxon, Kirstie, Portela, Anayda Gerarda, Furuta, Marie and Bick, Debra (2018) Interventions to support effective communication between maternity care staff and women in labour : a mixed-methods systematic review. Midwifery, 59, pp. 4-16. ISSN (print) 0266-6138

Arias, Teresa and Coxon, Kirstie (2018) An experiential model of education introduced to improve the confidence of student midwives in undertaking second stage management of the perineum (SSMP). Midwifery, 59, pp. 144-148. ISSN (print) 0266-6138

Coxon, Kirstie, Chisholm, Alison, Malouf, Reem, Rowe, Rachel and Hollowell, Jennifer (2017) What influences birth place preferences, choices and decision-making amongst healthy women with straightforward pregnancies in the UK? A qualitative evidence synthesis using a ‘best fit’ framework approach. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17(103), ISSN (online) 1471-2393

Furuta, Marie, Bick, Debra, Matsufuji, Hiromi and Coxon, Kirstie (2016) Spousal violence and receipt of skilled maternity care during and after pregnancy in Nepal. Midwifery, 43, pp. 7-13. ISSN (print) 0266-6138

Coxon, Kirstie, Sandall, Jane and Fulop, Naomi J. (2015) How do pregnancy and birth experiences influence planned place of birth in future pregnancies? Findings from a longitudinal, narrative study. Birth, 42(2), pp. 141-148. ISSN (print) 1523-536X

Sandall, Jane, Murrells, Trevor, Dodwell, Miranda, Gibson, Rod, Bewley, Susan, Coxon, Kirstie, Bick, Debra, Cookson, Graham, Warwick, Cathy and Hamilton-Fairley, Diana (2014) The efficient use of the maternity workforce and the implications for safety and quality in maternity care : a population-based, cross-sectional study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2(38), ISSN (print) 2050-4349

Hutton, Eve and Coxon, Kirstie (2011) 'Posture for Learning' : meeting the postural care needs of children with physical disabilities in mainstream primary schools in England - a research into practice exploratory study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(19-20), pp. 1912-1924. ISSN (print) 0963-8288

Conference or Workshop Item

Coxon, K., Relph, S., Matias, V., Sergio A, S., Khalil, A., Pasupathy, D. and Sandall, J. (2021) Implementation of Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP) for early detection and management of Small for Gestational Age (SGA) babies during the DESiGN trial : a process evaluation. In: 32nd ICM Virtual Triennial Congress; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jun 2021, Bali (Held online). (Unpublished)

Brigante, L., Briley, A., Coxon, K., Fernandez-Turienzo, C., Singh, C. and Sandall, J. (2021) What makes the difference for women? Implementation of a continuity of care model for women at high risk of preterm birth. In: 32nd ICM Virtual Triennial Congress; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jun 2021, Bali (Held online). (Unpublished)

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