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Tina Lavender

Tina Lavender

Professor Tina Lavender has been a major influence in promoting midwifery research both nationally and internationally.  Her unique skill is in making research real. Using research to solve problems or prove theories on the 'frontline' of midwifery has encouraged midwives to be part of the process and have ownership of the research, knowing that it has changed the knowledge base of midwifery. Tina makes research accessible and understandable, therefore enabling midwives to feel confident to be involved in research.

She successfully built up a large credible research unit at Liverpool Women's Hospital which has been a major step forward for the midwifery profession, assisting in building up our knowledge base. Her publications have been influential and questioning of practices based only on tradition. She regularly speaks at conferences, sharing her research knowledge with us. She has written over 50 papers, 4 book chapters and edited 2 books.  She has presented 46 peer reviewed papers and has been an invited speaker 70 times.

She has credibility within the profession and with fellow researchers, chairing or being a member of 4 research steering committees and 14 professional groups. Tina has contributed to many government documents and groups as a midwife's champion in research, including Making a Difference (DOH 2000), The National Service Framework for Children (DOH 2004) and temporary advisor to The World Health Organisation (October 2006, Geneva).

Tina has a passion for sharing her skills and knowledge with Africa. The African midwives have a special place in Tina's heart. She sees their determination to improve maternity care and reduce mortality rates and is helping them to do this through a number of collaborative projects.  Tina is also a member of The White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood and is helping to raise funds to train midwives in Life Saving Skills, in Tanzania.

Tina is now Professor of Midwifery and Women's Health at the University of Central Lancashire and has been awarded the title of Honorary Consultant Midwife at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Nothing is ever a problem to Tina; she has the biggest smile and the warmest heart and is truly passionate about how she can contribute to our profession.

The Council is delighted to add the name of Professor Tina Lavender to the Register of Honorary Fellows of the RCM.