Department:School of Nursing & 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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.