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Wendy Pollock

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Biography

Wendy is a critical care nurse and Australian midwife who has taught, researched and published extensively on topics related to maternal critical illness and severe maternal morbidity. She completed her PhD on ‘Critically ill pregnant and postnatal women in Victoria: characteristics, severity of illness and provision of acute health services’ in 2008, at The University of Melbourne. Wendy is an Associate Investigator on the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System and was the Australian College of Midwives representative on the National Blood Authority Patient Blood Management Guidelines Module 5 – Obstetrics and Maternity. She has honorary appointments at The University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, Australia. Since joining Northumbria University as an Associate Professor of Adult Nursing in March 2020, Wendy has become a member of the North East & North Cumbria Enhanced Maternal Care and MEWS Working Group, and is undertaking a study on Healthcare Worker Wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Research interests

Wendy is a critical care nurse and Australian midwife who has expertise in maternal critical illness and severe maternal morbidity Wendy often uses a mixed methods approach and has research skills in epidemiology, systematic review, surveys, cohort studies, data management and statistical analysis, and in undertaking interviews and focus groups with themed analysis.

Wendy’s key area of interest is severe maternal morbidity encompassing:

  • Early recognition of clinical deterioration in pregnant and postpartum women
  • Knowledge and skills of nurses and midwives to care for critically ill pregnant and postpartum women
  • Organisation and delivery of acute health services for pregnant and postpartum women who have enhanced maternity care needs
  • Understanding the experience of women and families who endure severe maternal morbidity

Another research interest is workforce standards and she was instrumental in the development of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Workforce Standards for Intensive Care Nursing (2018). Since arriving at Northumbria University, Wendy is leading a study on Healthcare Worker Wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A third research focus is the implementation and adoption of evidence-based practice. Wendy is an applied researcher and her research activities incorporate enhancing clinical care and improving patient outcomes as a key element.

Education/Academic qualification

Other Courses, Graduate Certificate

Feb 2009Dec 2009

Award Date: 21 Dec 2009

Nursing Related Studies, PhD

Sep 2000Sep 2007

Award Date: 5 Apr 2008

Education, PGDipHE

Feb 1993Dec 1994

Award Date: 9 Dec 1994

Nursing, PGDip

Feb 1992Dec 1992

Award Date: 22 Dec 1992

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