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Speaker Biography

Declan Devane

Declan Devane, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway

Declan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway. Declan qualified in nursing in Galway, Ireland and as a midwife in Bristol and Gloucestershire where he subsequently worked before returning to Ireland to work as a midwife in Dublin. Prior to Declan taking up his post in Galway, Declan was a Lecturer in Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin where, with his colleagues Professor Cecily Begley and Professor Mike Clarke, he undertook an evaluation of midwifery-led services within a randomised trial known as the MidU Study.

Declan is fascinated by many areas of maternity care but has a particular interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care and on methods of fetal monitoring including cardiotocography and intermittent auscultation. He is a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Expert Network of Research Advisors; a member of the Midwifery Committee of An Bord Altranais (National Nursing and Midwifery regulatory board for Ireland), an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the UK Cochrane Centre, a member of the UK Cochrane Centre Systematic Review training team and a member of the Editorial Board or Advisory Panel of four international peer review journals in the area of maternity care and women’s health. Declan is also involved in a number of Cochrane systematic review including reviews on midwifery-led care, antepartum cardiotocography, the admission cardiotocography, continuous cardiotocography during labour, the biophysical profile and the third stage of labour.