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Barbara Kuypers

Barbara Kuypers

Clinical Fellow and Maternity Improvement Advisor with NHS England & NHS Improvement.

Barbara has been a registered midwife since 1982 and once qualified worked for the first six years of her career overseas with various development agencies including Voluntary Service Overseas and Save the Children Fund. On her return to the UK, she continued as a Midwifery Adviser for the charities, International Health Exchange & RedR and now with Baby Lifeline.  She has a Masters Degree in Medical Anthropology.

In 1988, she took up a Community Midwifery post working in the east-end of London and from 1992 she held various management roles with the Maternity Services at The Royal London Hospital.  Since 1998 she has held Head of Service positions for various Trusts with both Women and Children’s’ Services and also as Head of Nursing for Accident & Emergency and General Medicine Services.

In January 2006, Barbara became a Midwifery Adviser with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and facilitated work around reviewing the Local Supervising Authorities and leading the consultation on Standards for Supervised Practice of Midwives.  In July 2007, she took up the role as the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer for West Midlands providing support and guidance for upto 18 Trusts that provided Maternity Services across the West Midlands region leaving this role in May 2017.

In August 2011 to 2017 she joined the Board of the Royal College of Midwives and acted as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.  At present, Barbara is appointed as Clinical Fellow and Maternity Improvement Advisor with NHS England & NHS Improvement.