Dr Sharon McDonald

Head of Department - Medicine & Healthcare Science

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Chelmsford

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

Sharon is Head of Department for Medicine and Healthcare Science and has been working at Anglia Ruskin University since 2007. She has extensive experience and expertise in; Multi-professional Continuing Professional Development and the impact of CPD on health service provision. In addition to Midwifery education and practice with a specific interest in the Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).

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Email: sharon.mcdonald@anglia.ac.uk


Sharon has previously worked as Director of Continuing Professional Development and continues to provide Midwifery Education and support curriculum development. Her research interests lay in Midwifery practice specifically the Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).

Whilst she trained and worked as a Registered General Nurse, mainly in surgical nursing, she then undertook Registered Midwifery Training, working as a Team Midwife for a number of years. Sharon continues to maintain her midwifery registration through delivery of the NIPE curriculum both in the University and in the clinical practice setting.

Research interests

  • Integration of Examination of the Newborn into holistic midwifery practice- a grounded theory study
  • Examination of the Newborn- Clinical Practice audit
  • Breastfeeding- Theory Practice Divide Action Research
  • Moving & Handling Theory Practice Divide – Action Research (pre-reg pathway competencies)

Areas of research supervision

  • PhD Midwifery & Neonatal
  • PhD- Supervision, Menopausal Women


  • Doctor of Clinical Practice University of Surrey
  • Principal Fellow Higher Education Authority
  • Master of Arts Teaching4; Learning in Higher and Further Education Anglia Ruskin University
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Midwifery Practice Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered General Nurse
  • NIPE- National Screening Committee

Selected recent publications

McDonald, S., Allan, H., Brown, A. (2012) Midwives’ views and perceptions of changing practice in examination of the newborn from holistic to opportunistic: a grounded theory study. British Journal of Midwifery October Vol 20:786-791

Davies L., McDonald, S. (2008) Examination of The Newborn and Neonatal Health: A Multidimensional Approach. Elsevier. London

McDonald, S. (2008) Examining a newborn baby: are midwives using their skills? British Journal of Midwifery, October vol 16. No 10 :664-666

McDonald, S. (2010) Respiratory abnormalities. Respiratory distress. Midwives Royal College of Midwives. September:37

McDonald, S. and Lynn B (2010) Examination of the Newborn DVD on-line resource. August Elsevier

McDonald, S. and Smethurst N. (2009) Learning for the exam. Community Practitioner August. Vol 82 No.8 :34-35

5th National Midwifery Conference- ‘I don’t want to talk about it’- Maternal Substance Misuse and Effect on the Newborn infant. April 2014.

McDonald, S. (2011 October) Examination of the Newborn: The Way Forward for pre-registration Midwifery. ARU 3rd National Midwifery Conference: The Newborn Infant; From the outside in

McDonald, S. (2011 May) Examination of the Newborn: The Way Forward for pre-registration Midwifery Teeside University. National Newborn Conference.

McDonald, S. (2010 October) Improving Quality, Reducing Risk. The educationists’ perspective. NIPE Conference. National Screening Committee

McDonald, S. (2008 July) Examining Newborn Babies. INSPIRE- Learning & Teaching Anglia Ruskin University