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Dr. Valerie Smith

Assistant Professor (50%) (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Dr Valerie Smith is an Assistant Professor in Midwifery at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, and a registered General Nurse, Midwife and Clinical Nurse Teacher. Valerie's research interests extend to all areas of maternity care and healthcare research methods, with specific topic expertise in the areas of fetal wellbeing (fetal heart rate monitoring and fetal movements), preterm birth and intrapartum care. Valerie's areas of methodological research expertise include systematic reviews, randomised trials and survey research, and she has experience in qualitative research methods. Valerie is a Cochrane Ireland systematic review trainer, a member of three Health Research Board Clinical Trial Networks (Trials Methodology Research Network, Mother and Baby Clinical Trials Network and Irish Primary Care Trials Research Network) and a member of a previous EU COST Action (ISO907) Childbirth Cultures, Concerns and Consequences, Creating a Dynamic EU Framework for Optimal Maternity Care). Valerie is a regular reviewer for seven international healthcare journals, an occasional reviewer for other healthcare journals and a Section Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth journal. Valerie is module leader for two modules on the undergraduate BSc in Midwifery programme and module leader for one module on the Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme, and is a College Tutor. Presently, Valerie is involved in a number of research projects, is mentoring a Cochrane Research Fellow and is a supervisor/co-supervisor for five PhD students.
 Education and training for recruiters to trials
 Quality of life outcomes and cost changes associated with providing support to people with intellectual disability who move from congregated settings to community living arrangements
 Reducing caesarean section rates in Ireland: a feasibility study and pilot randomised trial of an evidence based intervention designed to reduce unnecessary caesarean section
 Prioritising key motivators and challenges influencing informal caregivers' decisions for participating in randomised trials
 Methods to influence the completeness of response to self-administered questionnaires

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Member and Teaching Fellow of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network Sept 2014 Date
Member of the HRB-Mother and Baby Clinical Trials Network Sept 2014 Date
Member of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Oct 1998 Date
Member of the Health Research Board Irish Primary Care Trials Network 2014 Date
Member of the Research Advisory Network (RAN) of the International Confederation of Midwives Jan 2013 Date
Member of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth, Wounds, Consumer and Communications, and Methodology Review Groups Sept 2010 Date
Church S, Frith L, Balaam MC, Berg M, Smith V, van der Walt C, Downe S, van Teijlingen E., New thinking on improving maternity care: international perspectives , 1, UK, Pinter and Martin, 2017, 9 - 216pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Chapter 3: Core outcomes in maternity care research in, editor(s)Church S, Frith L, Balaam MC, Berg M, Smith V, van der Walt C, Downe S, van Teijlingen E , New thinking on improving maternity care: International perspectives, UK, Pinter and Martin, 2017, pp55 - 72, [Smith V. Begley C, Gross MM, Devane D], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Chapter 10: Technology in childbirth: exploring women's views of fetal monitoring during labour - a systematic review in, editor(s)Church S, Frith L, Balaam MC, Berg M, Smith V, van der Walt C, Downe S, van Teijlingen E. , New thinking on improving maternity care: International perspectives, UK, Pinter and Martin, 2017, pp170 - 193, [Smith V, Begley C, Devane D. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
O'Malley, D, Smith V, Daly D, Higgins A, Sexual health issues and health service seeking behaviour before, during and after birth: The MAMMI study, Sexual Health Strand, 31st ICM Triennial Conference , Toronto, Canada, 18-22 Jun 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Smith V, Daly D, Lungren I, Eri T, Begley C, Gross MM, Downe S, Alfirevic A, Devane D. , Protocol for the development of a salutogenic intrapartum core outcome set (SIPCOS), BMC Medical Research Methodology, 17, (61), 2017, p1 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Dencker A, Smith V, McCann C. Begley C, Midwife-led care in Ireland - A retrospective cohort study, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, (101), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Devane D, Lalor JG, Daly S, McGuire W, Cuthbert A, Smith V, Cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation of fetal heart on admission to labour ward for assessment of fetal wellbeing, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (1), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Corry M, Smith V, Neenan K, Brabyn S, Telephone interventions, delivered by healthcare professionals, for educating and psychosocially supporting informal caregivers of adults with diagnosed illnesses (Protocol). , Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (1), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Egan A, G Sander, Maresh MJA, Loeken MR, Napoli A, Anastasiou E, Noctor E, de Valk HW, van Poppel M, Todd M, Smith V, Devane D, Dunne FP, A core outcome set for studies evaluating the effectiveness of prepregnancy care for women with pregestational diabetes. , Diabetologia, DOI 10.1007/s00125-0, 2017, p1 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ramasubbu DA, Smith V, Hayden F, Cronin P, Systemic antibiotics for treating malignant wounds (Review), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, CD011609, (8), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Smith V, Lundgren I, Nilsson C, Vehilainen-Julkunen K, Nicoletti J, Devane D, Bernloehr A, van Limbeek E, Lalor J, Begley C, Interventions designed to increase VBAC: evidence from two systematic reviews, Vaginal birth after caesarean section: opportunities for maternity care and women in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, 21 Feb 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Nash M. Bracken-Scally M. Smith V. Higgins A. Eustace-Cook J. Monahan M. Callaghan P. Romanos MT, Literature review using systematic approaches to explore physical illness co-morbidity among people with serious mental illness and related healthcare interventions, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2015, 1-, Report, SUBMITTED
Smith V, Intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring: a review of the HSE/IOG Clinical Practice Guideline., Master Class on Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring, Centre for Midwifery Education, Dublin, 27th June , 2012, Director of Centre for Midwifery Education, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith V, Assessment of fetal wellbeing; the electronic fetal monitor - friend or foe?, State Claims Agency Quarterly Meeting: Focus on Cerebral Palsy, Farmleigh House, Dublin, 5th December 2008, 2008, State Claims Agency, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith V, Core Outcomes in Trials, Introduction to the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, NUI Galway, 17th April 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED


All areas of maternity care with specific interest and expertise in the areas of preterm birth, antenatal and intrapartum fetal assessment (monitoring the fetal heart rate and fetal movement monitoring in pregnancy) and intrapartum care (caesarean section, vaginal birth after caesarean section and salutogenic labour and birth). Valerie's areas of research methodological expertise include survey research, randomised control trials, including methods for improving the design and conduct of trials) and systematic review methodology. Valerie is presently supervising five PhD and two MSc students and has supervised to completion, one PhD student and five MSc students.