Sarah Purdy


I am a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, the Course Lead for pre-registration midwifery programmes and the lead for Workforce Development and post-registration midwifery programmes.

In my role as Course Lead, I work with colleagues to guarantee all the Kingston University pre-registration midwifery programmes provide an excellent learning experience for students and fulfil the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for midwifery education. I work closely with our partners from clinical practice to support student midwives in their learning and to ensure they have the best possible preparation for a successful midwifery career.

My remit for workforce and post-registration programmes involves developing modules and degree programmes which support lifelong learning and career development for midwives.

In my education role, I lead and contribute to a range of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My particular interests are; midwifery leadership, clinical decision-making, intrapartum care; including fetal monitoring and midwifery autonomy.

Prior to moving into full-time midwifery education in 2013, I spent twenty-four years as a midwife in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational roles within the NHS. I also practised as an independent midwife for a number of years.

I have previously held external examiner roles, which enabled me to actively participate in the sharing of best educational practice and contribute to the inter-university quality assurance process.

I am currently a Doctoral student at the University of Brighton.

Academic responsibilities

Course Lead, Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes. Workforce Development Lead


  • Registered Midwife
  • MA Midwifery
  • PG Certificate in Learning & Teaching in HE
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Registered Nurse
  • NMC Registered Teacher

Teaching and learning

As course lead for pre-registration midwifery programmes I take overall responsibility for the quality and structure of these courses. In addition to this role, I have teaching responsibilities on all pre-registration pathways. I am also responsible for the Department of Midwifery's contribution to the MSc Healthcare Practice and Workforce Development Programme. This programme provides ongoing learning and career development opportunities for qualified midwives.

I managed the recent pre-registration curriculum redesign project; which led to successful NMC and University validation of four new midwifery programmes. These programmes are designed to deliver excellent, innovative, inclusive teaching and learning to our future midwives and will equip them to become high-calibre professional clinicians.

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I am currently undertaking a professional doctorate in midwifery. My area of interest is the way in which midwives use their knowledge and dexterity to provide expert care.

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

As course lead for pre-registration midwifery programmes, I support student midwives in their clinical practice placements and work with NHS colleagues to ensure all students are able to meet the practice requirements for entry onto the NMC register.

In order to ensure our midwifery programmes continue to meet the needs of the profession, I meet regularly with senior midwifery leaders from our partner Trusts. This collegiate working ensures high standards are achieved and excellent working relationships are maintained.

In order to meet the Government's objective to increase midwife numbers, I have been developing links with maternity units outside London. Kingston University now have midwifery placement options at two additional NHS Foundation Trusts. We have also increased our student placement numbers at our longstanding collaborative partner Trusts in South West London.

My role as lead for workforce development means I ensure the Department of Midwifery maintains a portfolio of attractive courses which meet the needs of qualified midwives and our NHS partners. I work with a number of academic and clinical colleagues to develop and deliver high quality education programmes.

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Association of Radical Midwives

Leadership and management

My role as course lead for pre-registration midwifery programmes means I have significant leadership responsibilities within the Department of Midwifery and the wider Faculty.

I take overall responsibility for the smooth running of the midwifery programmes; ensuring the course structure, assessment schedule and practice placements are organised to meet the needs of the students and maintain high academic and professional standards.

I provide professional advice and support to colleagues and strategic leadership in developing new curricula. 

I have line management responsibilities within the Department of Midwifery.

University responsibilities

  • Course Lead, Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes
  • Workforce Development Lead