Programma – Sessie A: Praktijk ontmoet onderzoek

Helen Spiby (University of York), Evelien Spelten (KVV) en Joke Steevert (KVV)

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Helen Spiby is a midwife researcher with experience in midwifery practice, education and supervision of midwifery. Prior to joining the Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Leeds in October 1999 (and subsequently moving to the University of York in 2004), Helen worked in the National Health Service (NHS) in London, Edinburgh and Sheffield and has experience of course development, lecturing on a range of programmes and course leadership for a multidisciplinary Applied Clinical Research Course.

Helen’s current research includes a large randomised controlled trial of home support in early labour for women having their first baby. Recent work includes a survey of early labour services in England and evaluation of the telephone component of the All Wales Pathway for normal labour and birth; new approaches to preparation for labour and post traumatic stress disorder related to childbirth.

External research funding received from the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation of Care, Health Technology Assessment programmes and Health Development Agency has supported randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. Helen has a longstanding commitment to developing research capacity in midwifery through the provision of research secondments, fostering the integration of research and practice and supporting clinical practitioners in the development of their research skills. Evidence based practice initiatives included the development of clinical guidelines, (third edition commissioned by the Royal College of Midwives) and work exploring new roles to support the incorporation of evidence into practice, funded by the Department of Health.

Helen Co-Chaired the national Evidence Based Midwifery Network from its inauguration in 1998 to 2004 and currently serves on the Research Advisory Group for the International Confederation of Midwives. Previous committee and working group membership includes the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines Advisory Committee, Local Research Ethics Committee and as Chair of the Guidelines Review Panel for Women’s and Children’s Health for NICE.

Where evidence meets experience
This workshop will review the process of evidence based practice and why it is important in midwifery; it will introduce the development of research questions related to practice problems. Issues related to accessing evidence, critically appraising that evidence and ensuring that appropriate research methods are used to answer specific research questions will be addressed. The session will include an example of midwifery involvement in research using a current large trial of early labour support. The session will consist of both information presented and the opportunity for small group work where participants will be asked to develop research questions from their practice areas and to consider how these might be addressed. Some of the challenges and approaches to building capacity in evidence based practice in the midwifery profession such as joint appointments, secondments and establishing infrastructure support will be highlighted.