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Dr. Debbie Carrick


Debbie is the founding member and midwifery academic lead for the Newcastle Midwifery Reproductive Research Group. My first research post was in 1990. I have since worked in a number of research and senior management roles. My current post title is Head of Nursing and Midwifery Research for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I work 40% as Trust Lead for Nursing and Midwifery Research, 40% on my personal research and 20% in education.
I am actively involved in teaching on the Maters programme in Clinical Research at Newcastle University.
I am an active member of the Sunderland Ethics Committee, membership secretary of the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology and co-chair of the RCN Northern Region Research Committee.  I obtained a masters qualification and a post graduate certificate in education from Northumbria University in the 1990’s and a PhD from Newcastle University in 2006. My PhD was an RCT concerning the role of the specialist midwife for parents of multiples. The study showed that the new role resulted in improved maternal psychological outcome. I have been instrumental in National initiatives and influence concerning optimal employment and management arrangements and the development of a career pathway for the non medical clinical research workforce.

My research interests/expertise includes psychological outcome of women with high risk pregnancy and birth, establishing and implementation of new roles and research capacity building. I am a peer reviewer for six organisations/journals, have written two book chapters, published over 20 papers as well as acquired just over £1m in grant income. I have been the lead conference organiser for over five international conferences and I look forward to contributing to this new and exciting opportunity and conference.