Debbie Johnson RM, RNA, BA Hons, BSc Hons, MSc

Senior Lecturer, Midwifery

Debbie Johnson is a Senior Lecturer of Midwifery in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Debbie was previously employed at a local NHS Trust as a Senior Midwifery Manager and Lead for Practice Development within the maternity department. Her experience spans both staff management and clinical leadership to include inpatient services management for delivery suite and maternity triage, midwifery-led birth centre and; the antenatal and postnatal wards areas.

As a clinical midwife, Debbie has worked across all areas of practice including community midwifery. Her special interest areas are intrapartum care, clinical negligence, fetal monitoring and; midwifery management of women with high risk pregnancies.

Debbie joined the University of Greenwich in 2015, her current role taking leadership of first year student Developing Midwifery Practice course within the 3 year Pre-registration midwifery programme and as midwifery lead for the Return to Practice course.

She has a specific interest in intrapartum fetal monitoring and is editorial board member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives (RCOG/RCM) online E-learning portal for this subject. Debbie's external activity is as an independent midwifery consultant on Medicolegal matters. 

Posts held previously:

  • 2010-15, Clinical Midwifery Manager and Practice Development Lead, Darent Valley Hospital, Kent
    Responsibilities included staff management, appraisals, recruitment, overseeing ward management, incident investigations, risk management and guideline development. Management and delivery of in house training programme for midwives and obstetricians
  • 2009-10, Clinical Practice Educator, Darent Valley Hospital, Kent
    Management of Preceptorship programme for newly qualified midwives. Clinical training including perineal repair, cardiotocography interpretation and emergency skills drills
  • 2004-09, Labour Ward Sister, Darent Valley Hospital, Kent
    Delivery suite coordinator providing leadership and support
  • 2002-04, Community Midwife Team Leader, Kings College Hospital London
    Team leader for group practice specialising in high risk pregnancies including those affected by HIV, diabetes and poor obstetric history
  • 2000-02, Labour Ward and Community midwife, Kings College Hospital London
    All aspects of midwifery care for diverse population in South East London
  • 1997-98, Staff Nurse, Kings College Hospital London
    Staff nurse on urology/general surgical wards

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
  • Leads two Pre-registration courses, Developing Midwifery Practice and Return to Practice


  • Editorial Board  Member of RCOG/RCM online learning portal
  • RCOG case study reviewer
  • Supervisor of Midwives, South East Coast LSA 
  • Medicolegal expert witness

Research / Scholarly interests

Debbie's research interests are intrapartum fetal monitoring and Medicolegal aspects of maternity care.