Dr Isobel Ryder
I began my career as a registered nurse at University College Hospital London, then qualified as a midwife at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, where I worked for five years. I had the opportunity to undertake my first academic award (advanced diploma) at the University of Surrey, which was followed with a Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults. I moved to Portsmouth to teach midwifery for the South-East Hampshire Area Health Authority, and in 1992, when nursing and midwifery education moved into Higher Education, I transferred in to the University of Portsmouth to work in the School of Health Studies.
Alongside my full-time work, I undertook a part-time MSc which I completed in 1993; my thesis focused on the problems that pre-natal screening for Down syndrome posed for midwives. Recognising that I wanted a real career within the University I commenced a part-time PhD in 1998, completing in 2005, investigating pregnancy and delivery onset pain in the coccyx. My interest lies in improving health services, both in general terms, but specifically for women and children.