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Dr. Valerie Smith

Professor in Midwifery (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Valerie Smith is a 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 antenatal and intrapartum fetal wellbeing (fetal heart rate monitoring and fetal movements), intrapartum care (mode of birth, perineal care) and postnatal morbidity. Valerie's areas of methodological research expertise include systematic reviews of trials/quasi-trials and observational studies, qualitative evidence synthesis, randomised trial research, survey research, and qualitative research methods. Valerie is a Cochrane Ireland and UK Senior systematic review trainer, a member of two Health Research Board Clinical Trial Networks (Trials Methodology Research Network, Mother and Baby Clinical Trials Network and Irish Primary Care Trials Research Network), a member of the Executive Committee of Evidence Synthesis Ireland, a member of the Trial Methodology Research Partnership (Outcomes Working Group) and a member of a previous EU COST Action (ISO907) Childbirth Cultures, Concerns and Consequences, Creating a Dynamic EU Framework for Optimal Maternity Care).
 Evidence Synthesis Ireland
 Development of a core outcome set for Pelvic Girdle Pain; A systematic review, qualitative interviews and Delphi consensus study
 On Track
 Pathway to Birth
 Postnatal Mental Health PARTNERship

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Details Date From Date To
Member of the Executive Committee, Evidence Synthesis Ireland Dec 2018 Date
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 Sept 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
Mary Nevin, Geralyn Hynes, Valerie Smith, Healthcare providers' views and experiences of non-specialist palliative care in hospitals: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis, Palliative Medicine , 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Nevin M, Smith V, Hynes G, Non-Specialist Palliative Care - A Principle Based Concept Analysis, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 6-7 March, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Smith V, Kenny LC, Sandall J, Devane D, Physiological track-and-trigger/early warning systems for use in maternity care, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , CD013276, (6), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Begley C, Guilliland K, Dixon L, Reilly M, Keegan C, McCann C. Smith V, A qualitative exploration of techniques used by expert midwives to preserve the perineum intact, Women and Birth, 32, (1), 2019, p87 - 97, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Devane D, Barrett N, Gallen A, O'Reilly MF, Nadin M, Conway G, Biesty L, Smith V, Identifying and prioritising midwifery care process metrics and indicators: a Delphi survey and stakeholder consensus process, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19, (198), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Smith V, Begley C, Newell J, Higgins S, Murphy DJ, White MJ, Morrison JJ, Canny S, O'Donovan D, Devane D, Admission cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation of the fetal heart in low-risk pregnancy during evaluation for possible labour admission - a multicentre randomised trial: the ADCAR trial, British Journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 126, 2019, p114 - 121, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCarron M, Lombard-Vance R, Murphy E, May P, Webb N, Sheaf G, McCallion P, Stancliffe R, Normand C, Smith V, O'Donovan MA, Effect of deinstitutionalisation on quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review, BMJ Open, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Mary Nevin, Valerie Smith, Geralyn Hynes, Non-specialist palliative care: A principle-based concept analysis, Palliative Medicine, 33, (6), 2019, p634 - 649, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Delaney H., Devane D., Hennessy M., Parker A., Murphy L., Cronin P., Smith V. , Limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of education and training interventions on trial recruitment; a systematic review, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 113, 2019, p75 - 82, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Corry M, Neenan K, Brabyn S, Sheaf G, Smith V, Telephone interventions, delivered by healthcare professionals, for providing education and psychosocial support for informal caregivers of adults with diagnosed illnesses, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , (5), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Smith V, Childbirth Risk, litigation and midwifery practice - shades of grey, The Risky Miracle of Childbirth Seminar, Galmont Hotel, Galway, 8 March, 2019, Callen and Tansey Solicitors, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith V, Every trial should begin and end with a systematic review - but what about qualitative research? , Welcome Trust Clinical Doctorate Fellows Research Day, Clinical Research Facility, St. James Hospital, Dublin, 15 April, 2019, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith V, Cochrane Reviews , Writing a Cochrane Review, Ashling Hotel, Dublin, 20-21 June, 2019, Evidence Synthesis Ireland , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Begley C, Daly D, Smith V, Clarke M, Devane D, Gross MM, Morano S, Lundgren I, Sinclair M, Putman K, Lawrence Beech B, Vehviläinen-Julkunen K, Nieuwenhuijze M, Wiseman H, Savage G, Newell J, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Healy P, Nicoletti J, Lalor J, Carroll M, van Limbeek E, Nilsson C, Stockdale J, Fobelets M, A cluster randomised trial of an intervention to increase vaginal birth after caesarean section (OptiBIRTH): ISRCTN10612254, From Birth to Health - Towards Sustainable Childbirth Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-18 Sept 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Smith V, Writing for publication: Journal choice and structuring your paper, Annual Research School, Trinity College Dublin, 25-26 Jan , 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
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
Healy P, Galvin S, on behalf of the PRioRiTy Study Team, Exemplars of the successful involvement of the public in randomised trial design matters, 4th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) and the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials, Liverpool, UK, 7-10 May, 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
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, 12th Annual Cochrane in Ireland Conference, NUI Galway, 26 May, 2017, Poster, PUBLISHED
Atkinson J, Smith V, Carroll M, Sheaf G, Higgins A., Perspectives of partners of mothers who experience mental distress in the postpartum period: A systematic review and meta-synthesis, Perinatal Mental Health Conference, University of Limerick, 6 Dec, 2017, Poster, PRESENTED
Smith V, Core Outcomes in Trials, Introduction to the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, NUI Galway, 17th April, 2015, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED


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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.