Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Nursing and Midwifery and NHS Grampian have announced the appointment of the region’s first joint Clinical Professor of Midwifery.
Tracy Humphrey, former Consultant Midwife for NHS Grampian and honorary research fellow within Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Aberdeen (UoA), took up her post on 30 January 2012.
A new role for both organisations and the first of its kind in the North of Scotland, the clinical academic professorial post encompasses leadership of midwifery education, research and practice both within the School and NHS Grampian. Tracy will also aid the development of midwifery education for pre- and post-registration programmes; move clinical research forward within the Midwifery department; and foster closer links between the two organisations, practice and practice development.
The creation of the new professorship comes at a time when RGU has, following a competitive process, been awarded the contract to become the sole provider of pre-registration midwifery education across north Scotland’s five Health Boards. Tracy will support staff through this transition period to ensure that the University continues to attract the highest calibre of students.
Commenting on her new role, Tracy said: “I’m excited at being appointed this post. While challenging, the role provides a unique opportunity for both organsations to work together to achieve excellence in midwifery practice. It reflects the fact that the University and NHS Grampian are in perfect accord on the importance of investing in future generations of midwives, especially at a time when the role of the midwife is increasingly recognised as being at the forefront of public health and illness prevention.”
Elinor Smith, NHS Grampian Director of Nursing and Quality, added:
“. . . We are committed to becoming a centre of academic and service excellence in the North and this post is an important strand to achieving this aspiration.”