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Dr Christy Burden

Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics

Christy Burden

Dr Christy Burden

Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics

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Dr Christy Burden is an Academic Consultant Clinical Lecturer with an interest in maternal medicine, simulation/ medical education, high-risk pregnancies and perinatal loss in the Academic Centre for Women's health at the University of Bristol and Southmead Hospital. She is currently the Director of Trainee Research for Children and Women's Health at North Bristol Trust. She has a strong track record in simulation/medical education and more recently stillbirth research. She has received both regional and national awards for her work.Christy has an MD (Clinical Research) in Laparosopic and Ultrasonography virtual reality simulation with the University of Bristol. The results from her thesis have informed the development of national RCOG curricula.

High risk pregnancies/ perinatal loss -The research project (PARENTS study) for which she is currently Chief Investigator (funded by the Health Foundation) assessing the feasibility and outcomes of parental input into the perinatal mortality review process will inform a new national bereavment care pathway and PMRT - Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (funded by HQIP), with planned roll out across the UK in 2018. The study is driving important improvements in patient safety. The importance of this project has been highlighted by the Department of Health alongside other prominent national reports. Christy and the team in Bristol are currently working with the HSIB in a national government initiative to extend this work to other adverse outcomes in maternity.

She has coauthored an invited paper for the Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series and is first author of the update of the international RCOG Stillbirth guideline.

She is collaborating on a study to develop a Core Outcome Set (COS) for bereavement care research after stillbirth in collaboration with the COMET and CROWN initiatives (iCHOOSE); and to investigate parental involvement in the development of this Set. 

Simulation/ Medical education - Christy is co-supervising a national study to assess the impact of an instrumental delivery training course on clinical outcomes (STROBE study). She is also supervising a Health Education Simulation Fellow to undetake a project which will assess the feasibility of implemeting a multiprofessional training package on sepsis management (PROMISE study).

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