Dr Isobel Ryder
Associate Head (Programmes)
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.
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.
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.