Sonya MacVicar

Sonya MacVicar

Dr Sonya MacVicar

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Sonya MacVicar is registered with the NMC as an adult nurse, midwife, nurse tutor and independent prescriber with an extensive clinical career spanning a variety of senior roles in the fields of midwifery and neonatal nursing.
Sonya completed her MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (neonatal) in 2011. In 2012 she became the first recipient of a competitively awarded aa joint NHS Grampian & Robert Gordon University doctoral studentship to conduct applied clinical research as a practitioner researcher. Her PhD is a mixed method study using behaviour change theory to develop and pilot an intervention supporting breastfeeding for the substance exposed mother and baby. The study was nominated for NMAHP award for doctoral studies exhibiting originality of ideas and which has the potential for significant impact on practice.
Sonya entered academia in 2016 as a lecturer and researcher within the area of maternal and neonatal health and well-being. Her educational remit includes programme leadership roles within advanced nurse practitioner preparation, neonatal nurse development, independent prescribing, midwifery practice and supervision of doctoral and master's level students. She is currently project lead of a professional development course for neonatal nurse training in Vietnam participating in the design, development and implementation of theory and clinical practice in Hanoi. This is an educational collaboration with a UK charity and the Vietnamese government to address the strategic needs of a low income/resource country to upskill their healthcare workforce.
Sonya's research interests include the impact of substance use disorder in pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome. She has published extensively in this area and as part of an international collaboration developed a novel research Core Outcome Set for infants at risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal. Her current pedagogical research include exploring the education needs of midwifery students adjusting to continuity of care models of midwifery practice and the impact of neonatal education in low resource countries.
Sonya's expertise and professional standing withing the neonatal community is recognised by committee and advisory group representation on national government and educational bodies. Sonya has been commissioned as the midwifery and neonatal advisory consultant for the 2020 BBC drama 'The Nest'.

Themes

Research Areas

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Royal College Midwives: Research Strategy Development ( Scotland ) Expert Working Group
  • Tommy's Preterm birth charity
  • NHS Health Scotland: ReHIP project
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: National Neonatal Programme Board

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Newborn Vietnam Neonatal Education Conference (panel chair)
  • Edinburgh Napier University Learning, Teaching and Research conference. Poster presentation of Attitudes of healthcare professional towards substance use disorders in maternity setting. Edinburgh, UK.
  • NHS Lothian NMAHPP Conference. Oral presentation of Intervention supporting breastfeeding for the substance exposed mother and baby. Edinburgh, UK.
  • HESAV Midwifery Conference. Oral presentation and workshop of Diversity and approach to perinatal risks in vulnerable groups. Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Edinburgh Napier University Learning, Teaching and Research conference. Oral presentation of Development and feasibility of clinical intervention to support breastfeeding in substance dependency. Edinburgh, UK.
  • Robert Gordon University doctoral student conference. Poster presentation of Supporting breastfeeding establishment among socially disadvantaged women. Aberdeen , UK. (Best poster,2nd prize winner)
  • Reason 21st Annual Neonatal Conference. Oral presentation of IBriS Study: Randomised Controlled Trial. Warwick University, UK. (shortlisted top 3 conference presentations)
  • Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group annual conference. Oral presentation of Intervention supporting breastfeeding for infant at risk of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Paisley, UK.
  • Doctoral Midwifery Research Society. Poster presentation of Intervention supporting breastfeeding in substance dependency in pregnancy.- University of West Scotland, Ayr UK.
  • Robert Gordon University doctoral student conference. Poster presentation of The effectiveness and maternal satisfaction of interventions supporting the establishment of breastfeeding for women from disadvantaged groups. Aberdeen, UK.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • University of Manchester
  • External supervisor-doctoral study

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Shortlisted for the 'Originality of Doctoral Research' award at the 2017 Scottish NMAHP Research Awards.
  • Doctoral Research Studentship for NMAHP. Robert Gordon University & NHS Grampian

 

Invited Speaker

  • The Royal Society of Medicine: Invited speaker ' Non-pharmacological management of neonatal abstinence syndrome'. London, UK.
  • Perinatal and Neonatal Endowment Fund Research Forum: Invited speaker 'IBriS study- recommendations for practice'. NHS Grampian, Aberdeen.
  • Robert Gordon University Research Series Seminars: Invited speaker 'Clinical Academic Careers'. Aberdeen, UK.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Neonatal Nurse Association
  • Staff and Educational Development Association
  • Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External examiner: MRes -Understanding prospective fathers’ attitudes towards infant feeding and exploring their role in the infant feeding experience.

 

Reviewing

  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • Journal of Midwifery
  • 'Trials' journal
  • Reviewer for JBI Evidence Synthesis
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Reviewer for 'Midwifery'
  • Reviewer for Birth Journal
  • Reviewer for OBM Integrative and complementary medicine
  • Reviewer for Maternal and Child Nutrition Journal
  • Reviewer for Journal of Addictions Research
  • Reviewer for Medicines Journal
  • Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Reviewer for Joanna Briggs Institute Database of systematic reviews and implementation studies

 

Date


18 results

Systematic review of tube-fed preterm infants in the home supported within a family-centered program

Journal Article
Menczykowski, L., MacVicar, S., Moylan, A., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2018)
Systematic review of tube-fed preterm infants in the home supported within a family-centered program. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 24(6), 297-305. doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2018.06.006
There is a growing need and demand to redesign neonatal services to place a focus on family-centered care provided locally. Early discharge training programs that prepare pare...

Breastfeeding and the substance-exposed mother and baby

Journal Article
Forbes-McKay, K. E., MacVicar, S., & Humphrey, T. (2018)
Breastfeeding and the substance-exposed mother and baby. Birth, https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12338
Background: Breastfeeding rates are typically low for women with a substance use disorder. This is despite the specific benefit of breastfeeding to alleviate the severity of n...

Breastfeeding and opiate dependency

Journal Article
MacVicar, S. (2017)
Breastfeeding and opiate dependency. RcM Midwives, 34
Breastfeeding and opiate dependency: My PhD Summary. A lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University on her doctoral study.

Breastfeeding Support and Opiate Dependence: A Think Aloud Study

Journal Article
MacVicar, S., Humphrey, T., & Forbes-McKay, K. E. (2017)
Breastfeeding Support and Opiate Dependence: A Think Aloud Study. Midwifery, 50, 239-245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.04.013
Objective: international guidelines recommend the promotion and protection of breastfeeding for the substance exposed mother and baby. Yet few studies have explored the facili...

Ibris Study: intervention supporting breastfeeding in substance dependency

Thesis
MacVicar, S. Ibris Study: intervention supporting breastfeeding in substance dependency. (Thesis)
Robert Gordon University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1023772
Introduction: Breastfeeding offers the substance exposed mother and child potential short and long-term health benefits, with breast milk shown to alleviate the severity of Ne...

Supporting Breastfeeding Establishment among Socially Disadvantaged Women: A Meta-Synthesis

Journal Article
MacVicar, S., Kirkpatrick, P., Humphrey, T., & Forbes-McKay, K. E. (2015)
Supporting Breastfeeding Establishment among Socially Disadvantaged Women: A Meta-Synthesis. Birth, 42(4), 290-298. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12180
Background Many women from socially disadvantaged groups discontinue breastfeeding in the early postnatal period before lactation is fully established. This suggests that exis...

The effectiveness and maternal satisfaction of breast-feeding support for women from disadvantaged groups: a comprehensive systematic review

Journal Article
MacVicar, S., & Kirkpatrick, P. (2014)
The effectiveness and maternal satisfaction of breast-feeding support for women from disadvantaged groups: a comprehensive systematic review. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 12(6), 420-476. https://doi.org/10.11124/jbisrir-2014-1561
Background: Breast‐feeding is considered the optimum method of infant nutrition conveying health and psychological benefits for mother and baby. Women from disadvantaged group...

The effectiveness and maternal satisfaction of interventions supporting the establishment of breast-feeding for women from disadvantaged groups: a comprehensive systematic review protocol

Journal Article
MacVicar, S., & Wilcock, S. (2013)
The effectiveness and maternal satisfaction of interventions supporting the establishment of breast-feeding for women from disadvantaged groups: a comprehensive systematic review protocol. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 11(8), 48-63. https://doi.org/10.11124/jbisrir-2013-931
Review question/objective: The review question is ‘how effective are and what is the level of maternal satisfaction with interventions supporting breast‐feeding establishment ...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • NHS Grampian Perinatal and Neonatal Endowment fund : IBRIS study: Intervention supporting breastfeeding for substance exposed mother and baby. Total funding £18,900

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