Dr Lucy Hope


Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

email: l.hope@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855366

BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Birmingham City University, 2002)

PhD (University of Birmingham, 2014)

PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Worcester, 2017)


Teaching areas/specialisms

Lucy is joint lead for Year 1 where the teaching and learning focus is on physiological adaptations to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.  Consideration of the wider social, political and public health influences on childbearing is also explored.

Lucy has also been Year Lead for second year student midwives delivering teaching and learning content on pregnancy complications.

Clinical skills simulation is an integral part of all of the midwifery teaching which Lucy is actively involved in delivering. This includes across disciplines e.g. with paramedic colleagues.

Research Supervision

Lucy has experience of supporting medical students, public health masters students and clinical practitioners with research activity. This has included literature reviews, systematic reviews and contributing to academic outputs.

Lucy currently supervises a PhD student – Jo Johnson - with Professor Lisa Jones and Professor Eleanor Bradley at the University of Worcester.

Enquiries from potential MPhil/PhD students with a midwifery focus are welcome.

Research interests

Dr Hope’s research interests include peer support for breastfeeding and perinatal mental health, and postnatal care. Her PhD focussed on peer support for breastfeeding - Peer support and its effect on breastfeeding initiation and continuation: a randomised controlled trial, systematic reviews and a qualitative study.

More broadly, Lucy is keen to add to the evidence base to provide high quality and safe care to women accessing maternity services.

Professional experience

Clinical midwifery in various settings at a large tertiary referral and teaching hospital
Maternal health research (research midwife) (University of Birmingham and NIHR)
NIHR Good Clinical Practice Facilitator (2012 - 2015)
Birmingham Health Partners Clinical Academic Internship Programme supervisor (2014 - 2015)


MacArthur C, Jolly K, Ingram L, Freemantle N, Lee C-L, Hamburger R, Brown J, Chambers J, Khan KSK. Antenatal peer support workers and breastfeeding initiation: a cluster randomised controlled trial.  Br Med J 2009; 338:392-395.

Ingram L, MacArthur C, Khan KSK, Deeks JJ, Jolly K. Effect of antenatal peer support on breastfeeding initiation: a systematic review. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2010; 182:16.

Kenyon S, Jolly K, Hemming K, Ingram L, Gale N, Dann SA, Chambers J, MacArthur C. Evaluation of Lay Support in Pregnant women with Social risk (ELSIPS): a randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012; 12:11.

Jolly K, Ingram L, Khan KSK, Deeks JJ, Freemantle N, MacArthur C. Systematic review of peer support for breastfeeding continuation: metaregression analysis of the effect of setting, intensity, and timing. Br Med J 2012; 344:d8287.

Jolly K, Ingram L, Freemantle N, Khan K, Chambers J, Hamburger R, Brown J, Dennis C-L, MacArthur C. Effect of a peer support service on breastfeeding continuation in the UK: a randomised controlled trial. Midwifery 2012; 28(6):740-5.

Kenyon S, Jolly K, Hemming K, Hope L, Blissett J, Dann S-A, Lilford R, MacArthur C. Lay support for pregnant women with social risk: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2016;6:e009203. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009203

Kenyon S, Dann S-A, Hope L, Clarke P, Hogan A, Jenkinson D, Hemming K (2017) Evaluation of a bespoke training to increase uptake by midwifery teams of NICE Guidance for membrane sweeping to reduce induction of labour: a stepped wedge cluster randomised design. Trials 18:357 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2106-1

Gale N.K, Kenyon S, MacArthur C, Jolly K, Hope L (2017) Synthetic social support: Theorizing lay health worker interventions. Social Science and Medicine 196 pp.96-106 Soc Sci Med 196 Gale et al 2017

Hope L, Shennan A, Ismail KMK (2017) ‘Research in the National Health Service’ in O’Brien S, Broughton Pipkin F (eds.) Introduction to Research Methodology for Specialists and Trainees 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 159-164