Claire Hooks

Senior Lecturer Midwifery, Department of Maternal, Child and Community Nursing

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation , Nursing and midwifery

Claire has been a practising midwife for 15 years, with a particular interest in vulnerable women and drug misuse. Her expertise is in physiology, pharmacology, substance misuse, safeguarding and medical law and ethics.

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Claire trained as a midwife in 1998 following completion of a degree in Biomedical science, where she studies subjects such as physiology, reproductive physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, neuropharmacology and toxicology. She has practised locally as a passionate midwife since this time in a range of settings; midwife and consultant led, with a particular interest in pregnant drug using women.

Claire is currently completing a professional doctorate looking at education as a tool in improving negative attitudes toward substance misusing women: completion date anticipated September 2015. Complementing her research she is a volunteer recovery worker at a local drug and alcohol charity; open road, where she has been involved in running a joint project with Essex probation service for women. Alongside the research Claire has an active role in both the undergraduate and postgraduate Midwifery courses.

Research interests

  • Substance Misuse in Pregnancy
  • Physiological and Mammalian birth
  • Health inequalities and stigma
  • End of Life legal decisions involving neonates

Claire’s doctoral research area is looking at education in reducing stigmatisation of pregnant drug users by student midwives.  During her first degree she studies reproductive physiology in depth, with a particular interest in mammalian birth and in her master’s degree her research was titled, ‘end of life decisions in neonates: judicial inconsistencies’.

Areas of research supervision

  • A range of Masters level supervisions including public health and midwifery; including systematic review, primary research, data review and literature review.


  • Teaching experience has been on a range of courses and levels including;
  • Level 4: Foundation Degree Health Care, health awareness module:  BSc Midwifery, Birth and Beyond, Essence of midwifery care,
  • Level 5: BSc Midwifery, Enhancing well-being through public health, Nurturing parenting through health promotion, Medical Challenges in Midwifery.
  • Level 6: BSc Midwifery, Substance Misusing Parents, Health Promotion for Midwives, Professional Midwifery Practice, Undergraduate Major Project.
  • Level 7: MSc Advanced Midwifery Practice, Promoting Normal Birth, Facilitating Complex Childbirth, Major Project: MSc Safeguarding Children and Young People, Interprofessional Safeguarding module: MSc Public Health, Major Project


  • BSc (hons) Biomedical Science (pharmacology), Kings College London
  • BSc (hons) Midwifery, Anglia Ruskin University
  • LLM Medical Law and Practice, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PgCert Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • NLS (Newborn Life Support) Provider, Resuscitation Council UK

Memberships, editorial boards

  • RCM, Royal College of Midwives
  • UCU, University and Colleges Union
  • FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK), Registered Midwife
  • NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK), Registered Teacher
  • Book Reviewer, Sage.

Selected recent publications

Hooks, C., 2015. Paranoid or Persecuted? The stigmatisation of pregnant drug users: a literature review.  The Practising Midwife Vol 18, No 1, P 14-18.

Hooks, C., Bartholomew., 2011. Consent to student participation in treatment.  In RCM.

Recent presentations and conferences

Hooks, C. (2014). Paranoid or Persecuted? The plight of pregnant drug users: a review of the literature. ’We don’t want to talk about it NIPE International conference’ May 2014, Anglia Ruskin University.

Hooks, C., Bowman, J. (2014). Substance Misuse and Mothering; what's the big issue? Interprofessional Safeguarding conference, July 2014 Anglia Ruskin University.

Hooks, C. (2012). Substance Misusing Parents; a world of opportunity. Collaborative safeguarding event. March 16th 2012 Anglia Ruskin University.