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Dr McNeill is open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Maternal and child health and midwifery specifically in relation to practice, education or improving clinical outcomes.


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Research Statement


Research interests

Dr Jenny McNeill is a Reader in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research focuses on exploring and evaluating the links between what happens during pregnancy, birth or the postnatal period and the resultant clinical or social outcomes with a particular emphasis on public health.  Jenny’s research interests also include midwifery education, in particular the use and understanding of evidence and the preparation of midwives for public health roles. She also has experience in conducting systematic reviews, systematic reviews of review and meta-analyses across several subject areas including the public health role of the midwife, music interventions to reduce prenatal maternal stress and psychosocial interventions for parents with an infant admitted into neonatal intensive care.

Leadership Roles (QUB)

Lead Midwife for Education (05/18-01/23)

Member of Senior Management Board, School of Nursing & Midwifery (2011-01/23)

Member of Education Committee, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Member of Faculty MHLS Education Workstream (05/18-01/23)

Member of Faculty MHLS Education Committee (05/18-01/23)

Member of Deans and DE Forum (05/18-01/23)

SWAN Co Champion-School of Nursing and Midwifery (2011-2018)

Teaching Roles

MSc Module Co-ordinator of:

MID7078 Implementing Continuity of Midwifery Carer for All Women

MID7104 Quality Improvement Part A

MID7105 Quality Improvement Part B

Leadership Roles (external)

Deputy Chair NMC Lead Midwves for Education Strategic Reference Group (05/18-01/23)

Co Chair International Confederation of Midwives Research Standing Committee 

Member of Interim Steering Group-Quality Maternal & Newborn Care Research Alliance

Member of Strategic Midwifery Forum, Department of Health, NI

Member of Royal College of Midwives NI Senior Midwifery Advisory Group (05/18-01/23)

Member of Future Nurse Future Midwife NI Working Group

Member of Future Nurse Future Midwife (FNFM) Midwifery Expert Reference Group (MERG)

Co-Chair of FNFM Midwifery Expert Reference Group Placement Learning Experience Sub-group

Member of Regional Breastfeeding Strategy Implementation Steering Group

Member of Regional Breast Feeding Strategy Research Workstrand Group

Member of Royal College of Midwives Editorial Board MIDIRS/EBM

Member of Maternity and Midwifery Forum Advisory Panel 

Member of Royal College of Midwives

Member of Belfast HSCT Maternity Liaison Committee

Member of Board of Directors of TinyLife (http://tinylife.org.uk) (2011-2020)

Journal Reviewer for: Midwifery, British Journal of Midwifery, Patient Education & Counselling, INJS and Women and Birth

Peer reviewer for Confederation of International Confederation of Midwives Conference; International Neonatal Nurses Scientific Committee; Royal College of Midwives Conference; Royal College of Nurses Conference

Current graduate supervision

L Keys (PhD), S Kernan (PhD), C Hillyar (PhD), C Colella (PhD), MJ Chesnel (PhD), (DMP), E McCall (PhD)

Completed graduate supervision

J Carragher (DMP), E Bannon (DMP), K Corbijn van Willenswaard (PhD), Byrne A (DMP), Reid E (PhD), Kanchantar N (DNP), K Trouton (MSc), K McCrea (MSc), Diamond C (MSc), Fleck O (MSc), Borg-Cunen N (MSc), McCann T (MSc), Samanna M (MSc)

Funded research projects

McNeill J with Tinylife, AWARE NI and Parenting NI Positive Minds for Premature Parents (PMPP) BIG Lottery 

McNeill J & McCall E Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation DHSSPS

McNeill J, Alderdice F, Gildea A & Lynn F The APPLE Project: A Parent and Professional Learning Evaluation. HSC R&D Office

McNeill J, Alderdice F, Gildea A & Lynn F Implementation of Integrated Pre School Assessments: exploring barriers and facilitators. Improving Children’s Lives

Alderdice F, McNeill J and Lynn F. National Survey of Women's Experiences of Maternity Care. HSC R&D Office.

McNeill J, Lynn F, Alderdice F & Franck L A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to improve psychological outcomes for parents of neonates. TinyLife

McNeill J & Reid J Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer. Puffin Trust

Completed research projects

Alderdice F McNeill J Clarke M, Lasserson T The BRIEF Randomised Trial: Do Cochrane summaries help student midwives understand the findings of Cochrane Reviews?

 Alderdice F Clarke M MacDonald G McNeill J Service Evaluation of New Parenting Program Health & Social Care Board

McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. The Public Health Role of the Midwife: scoping current education provision on public health and inequalities. NHS Education Scotland

McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. Midwifery 2020: A review of systematic reviews of literature on the public health role of the midwife. Midwifery 2020.

McNeill J Reiger K An exploration of the feasibility of implementing the ‘Centering Pregnancy©’ program in Northern Ireland

McNeill J Nolan A Exploring the perspective of health professionals before and after completing an antenatal screening module 

McNeill J, Alderdice F and Lynn F. Audit of Down's Syndrome Screening in NI: 2006-2010.  GAIN.

McNeill J Alderdice F, Dornan Down’s Syndrome Screening: exploring the perspective of women in Northern Ireland 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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