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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Susan joined City Univeristy in October 2014 and is a PhD student in the Health Services Research and Management Division.

Susan has a BSc (Hons) Biology from the University of Sussex, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Science) from the University of Reading and an MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (2007). Her MSc thesis explored the factors affecting the performance and retention of mid-level providers in emergency obstetric and newborn health care within the Malawian health system.

From 2007-2014 Susan worked as a researcher at Trinity College Dublin and also spent some time as a researcher/writer with AMDD, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has extensive experience of undertaking research and working with partners in sub-Saharan Africa, including training local data collection teams, overseeing the piloting of research instruments and capacity building for qualitative data analysis with project partners in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Research

Research overview

Susan’s research interest is the provision of respectful obstetric care in the context of the constraints facing health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. This is grounded in the premise that care that does not afford respect and dignity to labouring women has negative impacts for both midwives and women, as well as hampering efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Specific interests are the role of professionalism in respectful obstetric care, barriers and enablers of women-centred care, task shifting and supportive supervision. Her PhD will examine Malawian midwives’ perceptions of the practice, impact and challenges of delivering respectful obstetric care.

It is anticipated that the results of this study will provide valuable insights into the barriers and facilitators in providing care that meets the emotional, social and psychological needs of Malawian women. It may also help to identify locally appropriate strategies with the potential to improve the emergency obstetric care environment for both women and midwives

Research centres

Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research

Principal collaborators

Supervised by Professor Christine McCourt and Dr Juliet Rayment

Publications

Journal Articles (7)

  1. Bradley, S., McCourt, C., Rayment, J. and Parmar, D. (2016). Disrespectful intrapartum care during facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of women's perceptions and experiences. Social Science and Medicine, 169, pp. 157–170. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.09.039.
  2. Chipeta, E., Bradley, S., Chimwaza-Manda, W. and McAuliffe, E. (2016). Working relationships between obstetric care staff and their managers: A critical incident analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1) . doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1694-x.
  3. Shemdoe, A., Mbaruku, G., Dillip, A., Bradley, S., William, J.J., Wason, D. and Hildon, Z.J.L. (2016). Explaining retention of healthcare workers in Tanzania: Moving on, coming to 'look, see and go', or stay? Human Resources for Health, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/s12960-016-0098-7.
  4. Bradley, S., Kamwendo, F., Chipeta, E., Chimwaza, W., de Pinho, H. and McAuliffe, E. (2015). Too few staff, too many patients: A qualitative study of the impact on obstetric care providers and on quality of care in Malawi. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15, p. 65. doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0492-5.
  5. Chimwaza, W., Chipeta, E., Ngwira, A., Kamwendo, F., Taulo, F., Bradley, S. and McAuliffe, E. (2014). What makes staff consider leaving the health service in Malawi? Hum Resour Health, 12, p. 17. doi:10.1186/1478-4491-12-17.
  6. Bradley, S., Kamwendo, F., Masanja, H., de Pinho, H., Waxman, R., Boostrom, C. and McAuliffe, E. (2013). District health managers' perceptions of supervision in Malawi and Tanzania. Hum Resour Health, 11, p. 43. doi:10.1186/1478-4491-11-43.
  7. Bradley, S. and McAuliffe, E. (2009). Mid-level providers in emergency obstetric and newborn health care: factors affecting their performance and retention within the Malawian health system. Hum Resour Health, 7, p. 14. doi:10.1186/1478-4491-7-14.

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (5)

  1. Bradley S, Masanja H, Kamwendo F, McAuliffe E and de Pinho H (2010) Factors Affecting Job Satisfaction and Retention: The Importance of Supervision. New Delhi, India (2010).
    Description: Global Maternal Health Conference
  2. Bradley S, Kamwendo F, Masanja H, de Pinho H, Sidat M and McAuliffe E (2010) Research Capacity Building. Dublin, Ireland (2010).
    Description: The Global Health Workforce: Pathways to Health, Irish Forum for Global Health Conference.
  3. Bradley S, Kamwendo F, Masanja H, de Pinho H, Waxman R, Boostrom C and McAuliffe E (2010) An in-depth exploration of health worker supervision in Malawi and Tanzania. Dublin, Ireland (2010).
    Description: The Global Health Workforce: Pathways to Health, Irish Forum for Global Health Conference.
  4. Bradley S, McAuliffe E and Shehu D (2009) Advocacy, research, policy – HSSE makes it happen. Havana, Cuba (2009).
    Description: Innovating for the Health of All, Global Forum for Health Research.
  5. Bradley S and McAuliffe E (2008) Mid-level providers in emergency obstetric and newborn health care: factors affecting their performance and retention within the Malawian health system. Kampala, Uganda (2008).
    Description: First Global Health Workforce Alliance Forum

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