Dr Edna Astbury-Ward
Dr Edna Astbury-Ward
+44 (0) 1978 293167
In addition to my academic role, I am also a Registered Nurse (RN) family planning and accredited psychosexual therapist with over twenty-five years nursing experience in sexual, reproductive & contraceptive health.
After qualifying as a nurse I held a variety of clinical posts in London hospitals until I discovered the satisfaction of working in the field of sexual and reproductive health. I qualified as a sexual and relationship therapist in 2004 and I am now an accredited member registered with The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (www.cosrt.org.uk) and a full Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
Recognising that there was limited access to services for the broader psychosexual needs of patients prompted me to embark on my Masters Degree in Sexual Medicine, which I passed with merit in 2004.
In 2006 I won a scholarship from the Welsh Assembly to study full time for my PhD, which I completed in 2years 9 months, my research won the Chancellors Prize.
PhD, MSc, FHEA, RGN, Dip. H. Ed, COSRT (Accredited) MBACP
2015 Member of British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
2010 RCOG Abortion Care Specialist Skills Training Module 1
2006 Sexually Transmitted Infections-Foundation Course
2005 Diploma Principles and Practice of Family Planning Level 3
2001 Certificate in Sexual & Relationship Therapy
ENB N31 Management Development for Clinical Staff
ENB R20 Developing the Scope of Professional Practice
ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice
ENB NO1Counselling in Caring Relationships
ENB R18 Research Utilisation.
ENB N60 Ethics in Professional Practice
1986 Registered General Nurse
I contribute to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching around qualitative research methodology. Specialising in research related to sensitive areas of human life.
Supervision: Masters, Professional Doctorate and PhD students
Peer Reviewed Journal articles
Astbury-Ward, E., (2015) Abortion ‘on the NHS’: The National Health Service and Abortion Stigma, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, On-Line First
Astbury-Ward, E., (2013) Does a ‘poisonous fog’ hang over clinical trials for anti-depressants? Applied Clinical Trials Online, March 26th
Astbury-Ward, E., Parry, O and Carnwell, R. (2012) Stigma, Abortion and disclosure – Findings from a qualitative study, The Journal of Sexual Medicine Vol. 9, (12) p.3137-3147.
Astbury-Ward, E. (2011) A questionnaire survey on the provision of training in human sexuality to schools of nursing in the UK, Journal of the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice. Vol. 26, No 3.
Astbury-Ward, E. (2011) Researchers tackle problems in Bowel Disease, Applied Clinical Trials. Vol. 20, No 4. (16)
Astbury-Ward, E. (2009) A Reflective Account of a Consultation in Abortion Care, Nursing Standard. Vol. 23, (35)
Astbury-Ward, E. (2009) Provision of Contraception and its influence on abortion, Nursing in Practice, Campden Press, London
Astbury-Ward, E. (2009) Emotional and psychological impact of abortion: a critique of the literature, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Vol. 34 (3)
Astbury-Ward, E. (2003) Menopause, sexuality and culture: Is there a universal experience? Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Journal of the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Vol. 18, (4)
Astbury-Ward, E. (2002) From Kama Sutra to Dot Com: The History Myths and Management of Premature Ejaculation. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Journal of the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Vol.17, (4).
Astbury-Ward, E. (2000) The Erectile Dysfunction Revolution. Nursing Standard. 15, (11) 34-40.
Astbury-Ward, E (1999) Update on drug development for erectile dysfunction. Applied Clinical Trials Vol. 8 (6).
Astbury-Ward, E. (1996) Developing drugs for sexual dysfunction. Applied Clinical Trials Vol.5 (1)
Astbury-Ward, E., (2014) Abortion Care – The Staff Perspective, Chapter 23, in Abortion Care, Editor: Rowlands, S., Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107647381
Astbury-Ward, E. (2010) Childhood Sexual Experiences: Narratives of Resilience, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Vol. 36 (3)
Astbury-Ward, E. (2005) Looking at the treatment of sex offenders, Journal of the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice. Vol. 21, (1) p.115-116
Published Conference Abstracts
Astbury-Ward, E. (2004) The Healthy Relationships Programme. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Journal of the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Vol.19, s.1, p.s15.
Astbury-Ward, E. (2005) The provision of training in human sexuality in schools of nursing in the United Kingdom. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol.2, Supplement 1, p. 80.
Astbury-Ward, E. (2010) Fiapac International Conference ‘Achieving excellence in Abortion Care’, Seville, Spain. October, Abortion: the staff perspective. Oral presentation and Poster Presentation ‘After abortion- Women’s Emotions’
Astbury-Ward, E. (2011) Abortion: the staff perspective. The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Astbury-Ward, E., (2014) Abortion – Stigma by Association, The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, S108, A-028 (Abstract poster).
Nurse Education Today
Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care
Other publications – Non Peer Reviewed
European Congress of Radiology Today, (2011) March 4th, Clinical Corner – Consensus grows for switch from fluoroscopy to MRI in pelvic floor imaging. P.16.
European Congress of Radiology Today, (2011) March 5th, Clinical Corner – Collaboration between diabetologists, can vascular surgeons and radiologists help control diabetes. P. 13.
European Congress of Radiology Today, (2011) March 5th, Clinical Corner – Radiographers role extends to spinal trauma interpretation in the UK. P.14
European Congress of Radiology Today, (2011) March 6th, Clinical Corner – early diagnosis improves patient awareness of diabetes related cardiovascular risk factors. P. 14.
Advances in MRI and treatments increase chances of real progress in multiple sclerosis (p10)
Applying Formula One-type methods can help smooth the way in urogenital emergencies (p.14)
Keep aware of looming difficulties in assessment of MR-compatible devices (p.14)
Role extension for radiographers becomes reality in research and education (p.12)
Adults with congenital heart disease represent growing challenge (p.12)
Prepare for the ‘global paradigm shift’ and transformation of care initiated by prostate MR imaging (p.13) http://www.myesr.org/html/img/pool/ECR_Today_2013_Friday.pdf
Revive your Drive – Network She - http://www.networkshe.co.uk/lifestyle/2012/09/revive-your-drive-89
Adults with congenital heart disease represent growing challenge
Prepare for the transformation of care by prostate MR imaging
Collaboration proves the key to success in cardiac CT
Virtual surgery, 3D modelling add options for cardiac patients
Good technique can produce results in cardiac MRI
Don't write off nuclear cardiology, urges U.K. specialist
Cardiac specialist gives tips on optimizing CT image quality
Researchers Tackle Problems in Bowel Disease Challenges facing IBD clinical trials.
Publish Date: Apr 1, 2011
- Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Annual Scientific Meeting, A qualitative study of abortion care: perceptions of patients and staff. May 21st.
- Royal College of Nursing, London, Changing attitudes in sexual health, Abortion- Who Cares? June 20th.
- Western Cheshire PCT RnD Day, July 19th.
- North West Society Sexual and Reproductive Health, Warrington
- Cheshire West PCT Annual R & D day: ‘A qualitative study of abortion care’ January.
- Joint meeting with Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and British Association of Sexual Health at Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street London. ‘Women and Abortion’ January 22nd.
- Fiapac International Conference ‘Achieving excellence in Abortion Care’, Seville, Spain, October 22-23. Oral Presentation Abortion: the staff perspective. Poster Presentation ‘After abortion- Women’s Emotions’
- Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Annual Scientific Conference, Robinson College Cambridge, Cambridge University. ‘Abortion: the staff perspective’
- University of Greenwich, Sexual Health Research & Practice Conference, The emotional impact of abortion, November 12th.
- University of Glamorgan rcbc Scholars Day Presentation of Research Findings.
- All Wales sexual Health Network, Implications of teenage pregnancy in Wales, Factors affecting young women’s experiences of abortion services in Wales, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, February 16th.
- Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street London. Abortion Services: Developments and obstacles, Staff attitudes in abortion care. April 15th
- World Association for Sexual Health, 20th World Congress, Glasgow, June 12th-16th, Women’s emotions after abortion (oral session) & Abortion: The staff perspective (poster).
- UCSF San Francisco General Hospital, The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Programme. Abortion in the UK staff and patient perspectives. Keynote Lecture and seminar, August 18th
- Educational sessions on psychosexual therapy for consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists Countess of Chester, rolling half days throughout.
- Deeside Doctors Educational Days psychosexual therapy and mindfulness, September 25th
- International Planned Parenthood Federation Values Clarification Workshops February and October
- Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Patients & Partners – Relationships & Sexuality Prostate Cancer Study Day, 27 November.
- CCG’s & WCPCT GPs Practice Staff Annual Sexual Health Conference, An Overview of Psychosexual Therapy Training, June 17th 2014, Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
- The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Sexuality & Cancer Care 25th February
University of Chester, Dept of Social Studies & Counselling – Pornography in Contemporary Times & Spaces 3-5 March
I welcome enquiries about my main areas of research which are in sexual and reproductive health especially women’s reproductive health and in particular around the subject of abortion.