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Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

Chief Midwifery Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Jacqueline is the Chief Midwifery Officer for the NHS in England and is one of two National Maternity Safety Champions.  She has previously been the Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and is visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University.

She has worked as a midwife and a nurse and held senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including: Director of Midwifery and Nursing positions for Women’s and Children’s services at Imperial College Healthcare Trust & Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Academic roles have included: Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, LME and Professor of Midwifery.

Her experience has seen her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. She also influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through, education and publications and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. She is a member of Tommy’s Charity National Advisory Board as Midwifery advisor, and the Women of the Year management committee. Her voluntary work currently includes  Midwifery Ambassador for the charity ‘Saying Goodbye’.

In 2014 she received the HSJ, BME Pioneers award and in 2015 she was selected from over 100 nominations for inclusion on Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list that celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in their profession.