Isobel Ryder

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The concept of frailty: individual and professional perspectives.

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I am a registered nurse and midwife and have undertaken a variety of clinical roles in oncology and haematology, paediatrics, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care, in both hospital and community settings. 

My Masters thesis focused on the social, professional and ethical problems that pre-natal screening for Down syndrome posed for midwives. My PhD investigated pregnancy and delivery onset pain in the coccyx which is a little known complication of  pregnancy and delivery, which can have chronic implications if not identified and managed appropriately.

Research Interests

My current research interests lie in improving access to health and social care for some of the most vulnerable people in a global society, children and families.

In particular, I seek to explore the social, structural and economic barriers to, and engagement with health systems, social care and education for this diverse group. Digital technology offers opportunities to improve healthcare for this group, by reducing the challenges posed by geography, scarcity of healthcare workforce and lack of infrastructure. 

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching interests include pregnancy, maternal and neonatal health, evidence based practice, clinical governance and service improvement. 

My current responsibilities include coordinating curriculum development and delivery, including pre-registration and post-qualifying provision, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also lead the nursing team in contributing to innovation activity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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  • Fellow

    Ryder, Isobel (Recipient), 2000

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Postgraduate Tutor Award

    Ryder, Isobel (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Senior Fellow

    Ryder, Isobel (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively