Mrs Claire Mckellow


I joined the midwifery department at Kingston University as a senior lecturer in 2016. I am currently the course leader for pre registration Midwifery Courses and lead on the Bodies and Birth Midwifery Modules.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Professional Midiwfery Advocate (PMA) supporting students and staff within the department. I initially qualified as a nurse in 2003 at Kingston University and then undertook my masters degree shortly after in 2004. I later completed my Midwifery training back at Kingston University and as an alumni, i am proud to return here in my lecturing role. I have been a practising midwife in various roles within the NHS including: delivery suite coordinator, senior community midwife, practice development Midwife and clinical governance support Midwife.

Academic responsibilities

Course Leader / Senior Lecturer in Midwifery


  • SEDA Award; Introduction to Learning & Teaching
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate (Bridging Course)
  • Midwives Examination of the Newborn
  • BSc(Hons), Midwifery, Kingston University
  • Mentorship for Contemporary Practice
  • MA, Health Studies, Brighton University
  • BSc (Hons), Adult Nursing, Kingston University
  • Undertaking Doctorate of Education

Teaching and learning

As course Leader I oversee the Pre registration Midwifery programmes here at Kingston University. I am also the Teaching & Learning department lead, and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am proud to have been recognised for 2 awards at Kingston University. The first was The International Women's Day - Top 10 Women to Watch in HSSCE 2023. This campaign was to develop a culture of belonging, create a network of inspiring role models and showcase the incredible work that women are doing in HSSCE. The second award was for the KU people awards nomination 2023. The awards celebrate colleagues' achievements from across the University and this nomination recognises the dedication, commitment, and passion brought to my role and for demonstrating the University's values.

Mckellow, C. (2024) Maternal Cardiovascular Wellbeing – Understanding Physiological Adaptations and Abnormal Deviations. The Practising Midwife. March 2024

 Mckellow, C. (2021) Can the use of gamification enhance experience and deepen knowledge in midwifery education? MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 31:2. 2021

 Mckellow, C (2016) Peer Review: Evidence or Enthusiasm? Why yields from UK new-born screening programmes for congenital hypothyroid are increasing. MIDIRS. June 2016. Volume 26 (2)

Co Author:

 Marshal, J, Mckellow, C & Muleya, P. (2019) Mentorship, preceptorship and coaching in Midwifery education and practice Chapter in Myles professional Studies for Education and Practice, Elsevier Publishing. UK.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Professional Midwifery Advocate & Restorative Clinical Supervision
  • Complex Midwifery Care
  • Bodies and Birth Anatomy & Physiology Modules Lead

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I am currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education. I have a specialist interest in gamification techniques in Midwifery education. I will also be working with department research lead to expand our research outputs.

I am part of the RISE academy at KU to enhance my research leadership. I am using this development opportunity to reflect on my personal vision for expanding my career into research, deeper understanding of research leadership qualities and strategically leading research at local/national/international levels. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Gamification Techniques
  • Clinical Midwifery


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Mckellow, Claire (2019) Transforming midwifery education 3. Professional midwifery advocates in the university setting : preparing student midwives for newly qualified life. Practising Midwife, 22(10), pp. 19-23. ISSN (print) 1461-3123

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) Steering group - developing a National Operational Strategy to include development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for monitoring and evaluation implementation of the A-EQUIP model and PMA training.

Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) South England - Participation and contribution to professional national learning and teaching and to discuss any themes or issues that happening in clinical practice or education and enhances knowledge exchange for professional issues.


Mckellow, C & Ferraby, J (2024) PMA Role infographic with NHS England and UCLan,

Mckellow, C. (2019) Professional Midwifery Advocates in the university setting; preparing students for newly qualified life. The Practising Midwife. Nov 2019.

Capito, C, Keegan, C, Lachanudis, L, Mckellow, C. & Tyler (2022) Professional midwifery advocates: delivering restorative clinical supervision. Nursing Times Vol 118 Issue 2. Feb (2022) – My Contribution was how restorative Clinical supervision has been designed within the PMA training programme and the innovation to move these techniques online.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Professional Midiwfery Advocate
  • Emergency Midwifery care
  • Systematic Examination of the Newborn
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • NHS England
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council