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Professor Paul Lewis

Professor Paul Lewis

Throughout his long and varied career, Professor Paul Lewis has made an outstanding contribution to the midwifery profession and the care that women receive. Additionally he has been an active and involved member of the RCM and has held various positions within the College both at the local and national level.  He has held the following positions within the RCM:

  • Honorary President of Dorset Branch (Current)

  • RCM branch member of Bournemouth & Christchurch (Current)

  • Member of Council (March 1994 until May 1996)

  • Vice Chair of Council

  • Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee

  • Representative on RCOG/GMSC/RCM liaison group

  • Representative on the RCGP HIV Specialist Group

  • Member of the Education Advisory Group and Head of Midwifery Services Group

  • Honorary President of Southern Thames Branch (Until Jan 1993)

  • Branch Secretary Southern Thames Branch

Professor Lewis has always believed passionately in continuity of midwifery care and the autonomous practice of the midwife. From 1991 to 1995, whilst Director of Midwifery Services at the West London Hospital, he built on the established development of team midwifery that had been introduced by previous managers. This resulted in the innovative 'Group Practice Approach to Midwifery Care'. This scheme was further extended and developed at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and his seminal series of papers published in MIDIRS helped others in creating similar schemes throughout the UK.

Since his appointment in 1995 as the Academic Head of Midwifery and Child Health at Bournemouth University, he has introduced exciting and innovative educational programmes that support student midwife caseload practice and created new ways of working for qualified practitioners. In many ways he has influenced midwifery practice across the Wessex region enhancing the care that women receive. He is a true midwifery leader and has inspired many midwives and student midwives to improve their care to women and to practice with greater confidence In June 2000, Paul was conferred as the Professor of Midwifery Practice & Development, an honour richly deserved.

Professor Lewis has always spoken out for mothers, midwives and midwifery, totally supporting the autonomous role of the midwife. His dedication and commitment to midwifery was reflected in his work with the UKCC when he was elected in 1997 as the midwife member for England. During this time he was the Deputy Chair of the Joint Education Committee and Deputy Chair of Professional Conduct.  He was also a member of the UKCC's Education Commission which set the medium and long term direction for nursing and midwifery education (Peach Report 1999).

In 2001 he was appointed by the Privy Council to the transitional Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) where he held a number of key roles. In 2006 he was once again elected to the newly established NMC and has recently been elected by his peers as the Chair of the Strategic Conduct and Competence Committee and more importantly perhaps to our profession, as the Chair of the Statutory Midwifery Committee.

Throughout his distinguished career he has worked across professional boundaries, seeking to strengthen the role of midwives and highlight their unique contribution to mothers, families and the community. He remains a Supervisor of Midwives at Poole NHS Trust and is an Advisory Faculty Member of ALSO (UK) teaching on both its provider and instructor courses throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and beyond. He has provided consultancy on the development and quality of maternity services and more recently has chaired the Do/-I Education and Development Group on the future of the midwifery education workforce as part of the six point plan on the recruitment, retention and return of midwives to the profession.

He has written numerous publications, was a founder member of Practising Midwife and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Midwifery.. He is well known for his frequent and often challenging conference presentations, which over many years, he has delivered on the local, national and international stage.

In 2003, Paul was appointed as the first Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Kwong Wah Hospital in Hong Kong.  He has worked closely with the Hong Kong Midwives Council for many years and was previously the external examiner in midwifery to the Chinese University.  His international work has include the Al Comiche Hospital, Abu Dhabi, the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden and UNISA in South Africa.

In his very full and demanding life as a midwife, Paul continues to maintain his involvement in clinical practice and has been a member of many committees and working parties to enhance the role and reputation of the midwife and the profession.

The Council is delighted to recognise the contribution of Professor Paul Lewis to the midwifery profession by including his name on the Register of Honorary Fellows of the RCM.