Sam Copping

Lecturer in Midwifery

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health
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Sam qualified as a midwife in 2008 at Kings College, London, completing her clinical placements at St Thomas Hospital. Sam completed her preceptorship year at Kings College Hospital before moving back to Essex and working at Broomfield Hospital until 2013 then Colchester Hospital until joining the University of Suffolk as a Midwifery Lecturer in 2023.

Whilst at Colchester Hospital, Sam pioneered the role in Midwifery Practice Education Facilitator, supporting a range of learners their clinical practice, forming close links with HEI's including the University of Suffolk. Sam went to to become the Practice Development Midwife, supporting ongoing professional development for all staff working in the maternity department, which incorporated the role of PROMPT lead, GAP lead and developing the mandatory training programme for the multidisciplinary team, including Midwives, Nurses, Obstetricians, Support Staff, Anaesthetist and Neonatal Nurses.

Sam has recently completed a Masters in Medical and Clinical Education at the University of Essex, proudly being awarded a Distinction. Sam has an keen interest in Newborn Life Support, and is a current NLS Resuscitation Council faculty member and Course Director. Sam is an active author for producing the first midwifery content and continues to write guides to support learners.

Sam particularly enjoys facilitating learning in relation to new born life support (NLS), managing obstetric emergencies and the new born infant physical examination (NIPE). Sam has undertaken a variety of roles relating to these topics including ALSO instructor, NLS faculty and Trust PROMPT lead. She is looking forward to teaching a range to subjects at the University of Suffolk, supporting student midwives to fulfil their potential.

During her time as a Practice Education Facilitator, Sam presented the 'Evaluation of the Midwifery Practice Education Facilitator role and its positive impact on student experience and practice learning within ESNEFT' at the Royal College of Midwives Education Conference in 2019. Then in 2021 presented 'Implementing a Trust based placement associated model using the coaching and a hub spoke approach' at the HEE Midwifery Expansion Project webinar. Sam has also collaborated with 'All4Maternity' and presenting on the Holistic Care of Complex Birth webinar series in 2023 during her role as Practice Development Midwife.

Sam has collaborated with producing a series of midwifery guides covering a range to subjects with the content continuing to grow!

Sam is Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and member of the Royal College of Midwives.