October 2015 Newsletter

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In this newsletter

  1. Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research Annual Research Partnership Event
  2. Recent research from the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research
  3. Views sought on health visitor training
  4. Other research opportunities
  5. Advisory Group contact details


1.    Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research Annual Research Partnership Event

Our research centre is holding its 2nd Annual Research Partnership Event on November 11th between 4 and 7pm.  We will showcase our research and its impact as well as present the important work of the Advisory Group.  It is a great opportunity for you to hear more about the research we do and meet the researchers who do it.  Registration is free, more information can be found here


2. Recent research from Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research

See below for two press releases about some of the work we do in the Centre which has been mentioned in the press recently.

How to help women following birth trauma as well as improve wellbeing during pregnancy.

Detailed estimates of female genital mutilation FGM prevalence for each local authority area


3. Views sought on health visitor training

Our colleagues are looking at the best way to educate new health visitors/school nurses/district nurses for our community.  Every five years these university programmes are reviewed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure that they are fit for purpose.  This is an opportunity to make any changes to the programme to make sure it is the best possible and that the practitioners who qualify are meeting the needs of the parents and patients in our community.  In order to do this we would like to learn more about parents’ experience of health visitors in the local area.

Two meetings have been set up to discuss health visitor training;

Monday 16th November at 10 am

Monday 23rd November at 1pm

Each meeting will be approximately 1 hour long and held in the Myddelton Street Building on 1 Myddelton Street, EC1R 1UW. You will only need to attend one meeting.  Payment is £15, plus travel is reimbursed up to £15.  If interested, please contact Dr Val Thurtle, Programme Director, Tel: 020 7040 0360, Email:

If you are unable to attend a meeting but still want to be involved, there is an opportunity to comment upon the new course documents which outlines what   the content of the programme is and how the students are taught. This activity is also paid £15/hour, please contact Dr Val Thurtle (Tel: 020 7040 0360, Email: if interested.


4. Research participants sought

PhD student Rebecca Webb is looking for mums to participate in her study about mental health and mother-baby bonding. Rebecca presents her study in this video –

Please note that this is a research opportunity, and participation is unpaid.  If interested, please email Rebecca (


5. Advisory Group contact details

To keep up-to-date with the research from the centre and opportunities to take part in the Advisory Group, join our Facebook group ‘City University London Advisory Group for Maternal and Child Health Research’, follow us on Twitter @City_CMCHRAdGrp or have a look at our regularly updated website

Next newsletter is due in 2016.