Dr Lesley Briscoe

Research Associate

Lesley is a Research Associate in the International Public Health Department in LSTM who has an PhD, MPhil, MSc, PGCERT in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently an Associate Tutor for Edge Hill University and supports postgraduate students.

Her current research role supports the programme for global maternal health at LSTM where the overarching aim is to reduce stillbirth and neonatal death, particularly on Workstream One (Adaptation and feasibility of the PANDA e-health system as a tool to increase antenatal contacts and improve perinatal outcomes in Tanzania) and Workstream two (Development, implementation, and evaluation of a respectful maternal and newborn care bundle: A mixed-methods study in Malawi and Tanzania).

Key themes for her research in the past were focussed on vulnerabilities in maternal and neonatal health and she has experience of publication, locally, nationally and internationally, across peer reviewed midwifery, nursing, obstetric, paediatric and health care for women journals. Research approaches have utilised qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology to explore or test research questions around real life issues in practice or education for student midwives.

Further relevant expertise, professional memberships, awards
Professionally she is identified on the NMC register as a midwife and nurse and is a teacher of midwives. Lesley has extensive experience working as a midwife, educator and researcher. In the past she was a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Medical Education, Programme Leader for The MSc in Advanced Fertility Practice Programme at Edge Hill University, Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Undergraduate Midwifery Programme at Edge Hill University, has experience as External Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and as a reviewer on Research Ethics and Research and Enterprise Committees.

Previous awards in the past 10 years: 2018 RIF Funding Edge Hill University, PIMHS Study, Reference number: 1BRISC17 £22,940; 2013 Funding to attend the ICM in Toronto. Edge Hill University £1800; 2012 REF (BRIS12) Funding Edge Hill University £9243.77

Selected publications

  • 1. Briscoe, L., Marsland, L., Doyle, C., Docherty, G., Flynn, A., & Gichuru, P. (2022) A mixed method study to explore the maternal impact and outcomes of a specialist Building Attachment and Bonds Service (The BABS Study). Health Care for Women International, Accepted Sept 23rd 2022 https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2022.2129643
    2. Myerscough C., Briscoe L. (2020) An exploration of the perceptions of student midwives about midwifery education related to abortion. British Journal of Midwifery, 28(12) pp 822-828.
    3. Briscoe, L., Lavender, T. & McGowan, L. (2016) A concept analysis of women’s vulnerability during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(10) 2330-45. doi: 10.1111/jan.13017. Epub 2016 Jun 3.doi:10.1111/jan.13017.
    4. Randall, L. and Briscoe, L. (2018). Are women empowered to make decisions about the use of antidepressants in pregnancy? British Journal of Midwifery, 26 (5) pp. 329-335
    5. Briscoe, L., Lavender, T., O’Brien, E., Campbell, M. & McGowan, L. (2015) A mixed methods study to explore women and clinician's response to pain associated with suturing second degree perineal tears and episiotomies [PRAISE] Midwifery, Volume 31 (4) 464–472. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2014.12.010i