Frances came to midwifery as a second career and qualified as a midwife in 2007. She worked as a rotational midwife covering the antenatal, labour and postnatal wards in a busy hospital for several years, during which time she undertook further education to become a Supervisor of Midwives and also was involved in setting up a new Birth Centre. She started rotating out to a community setting before moving to a permanent community post in 2017. In 2019 Frances helped to develop, and then worked in, the region's first Continuity of Carer midwifery team, before moving to the University to further explore a passion for education as well as midwifery. Frances is a Professional Midwifery Advocate and has a strong interest in developing a thoughtful, questioning and courageous generation of midwives to take the midwifery profession forwards.
Frances' current teaching areas and interests include clinical skills and communication. She is module leader for Safe and Effective Care, which focuses on the physiological process of birth, and Essential Skills 3 which focuses on clinical skills, as well as teaching extensively across the rest of the midwifery programmes. She is also the Admissions Tutor for all the midwifery programmes, and link lecturer for Hull and East Yorkshire community midwifery and continuity of care areas, and placements co-ordinator for Hull and East Yorkshire midwifery placements.