Amanda Firth

Profile

Amanda joined the University of Leeds in September 2018 as an experienced lecturer in midwifery. Her midwifery career includes lecturing and education roles at other universities and a clinical career at a local NHS trust. Prior to her midwifery career, Amanda utilised her first degree in counselling and psychology to work therapeutically with adolescents at risk of permanent exclusion from education and also adolescents from ethnic minority communities in the care of local authorities.

Amanda's interest in mental health has continued throughout her postgraduate education and she is now undertaking a part-time PhD in addition to her role as lecturer in midwifery. Amanda is an external examiner at Canterbury Christ Church University and a reviewer for British Journal of Midwifery, British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and International Journal of Health Governance.

Responsibilities

  • Cohort Lead

Research interests

Amanda is undertaking a PhD exploring perinatal mental health service improvement for refugee and asylum seeking women. Her research is linked with the University of Bradford and the Born in Bradford longitudinal cohort study, specifically the bibbs project.

Qualifications

  • MSc Midwifery
  • PGCE Clinical Education
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychology

Professional memberships

  • NMC Registered Midwife
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Amanda is a cohort leader and is also the academic project lead for the development and implementation of an eportfolio for assessment of clinical practice. She teaches across the undergraduate midwifery curriculum and supports midwifery and clinical skills content in other health professional programmes.