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Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, OBE is the first person to be appointed to the new role of Chief Midwifery Officer. She is the most senior midwife in England, providing professional, strategic and clinical leadership. 

Professor Jacqueline helped the Duchess of Cambridge deliver both the future heir to the throne Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

Professor Jacqueline has vast experience in healthcare provision and 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 Womens 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, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health. 

She is visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. Her experience has led to her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. 

Jacqueline influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through research, education and publications.

She is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and is a member of the British Journal of Midwifery editorial board.

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