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Professor Jane Sandall - Deputy Chair of the RCM Board and RCM Trust Board

Professor Jane Sandall - Deputy Chair of the RCM Board and RCM Trust Board

I have a clinical background in nursing, health visiting and midwifery and an academic background in social science. I am a NIHR Senior Investigator and Cochrane author. I have been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Technology, Sydney where I am an Adjunct Professor.  I am Associate Editor of Midwifery: an International Journal and sit on the NHS England-London Strategic Clinical Network for Maternity, and was external advisor to the National Maternity Strategy Steering Group for Ireland.

My research focuses on a) the implementation of maternal health policy and effective solutions at a health system and service delivery level, and the impact on health outcomes and users' experiences, to improve quality and safety of care b) the social and organisational implications of the translation of innovative health technologies into health care.

My research has been funded by the ESRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and a range of charitable sources and has included: the organisation and outcome of birth in different settings (Birthplace in England Research Programme), efficient use of the maternity workforce and the implications for safety & quality in maternity care, social and organisational implications of the translation of novel health technologies into health care, role of rapid response systems in the management of escalation of care in acute medical and maternity settings, and the engagement by patients and families in their own safety.

In NIHR CLAHRC South London, I am one of the academic leads for the King’s Centre for Implementation Science and lead capacity building, where we have set up one of the first MSc programmes in Implementation and Improvement Science Research. In maternity and women’s health theme we are looking at how changes in service delivery can improve quality of care for women at higher risk of pre-term birth, and with social complexity in collaboration with local stakeholders in South London.

Current research includes randomised trials looking at the effectiveness and implementation of complex interventions of: behavioural interventions in pregnant women who are obese; a simple accurate blood pressure device in low income countries, self-blood pressure monitoring programme in pregnancy and the GAP programme in London to reduce stillbirth.

Our research findings have informed the UK government commission on Nursing and Midwifery, House of Commons Health Committee on Inequalities, English, US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services.  

Watch Professor Jane Sandall explain what being a board member means to her