Regulatory adviser receives national midwifery honour

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A senior midwife who advises the Nursing and Midwifery Council on education issues has received a prestigious Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Fellowship.

Dr Jacqui Williams received the award for her many contributions to midwifery in areas including midwifery education at the RCM’s Education and Research Conference in Birmingham yesterday. 

Jacqui said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award from my College. I have been a midwife for nearly 42 years, and I feel as passionate about being a midwife today as I did when I first qualified. Becoming a Fellow is both an honour and a privilege and brings me closer to the RCM. Thank you for saying thank you.” 

Jacqui is a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. Her recently completed Doctorate of Education work looked at how student midwives develop resilience and cope with the stresses and strains of their education and training. It is hoped the findings will be used across the UK to support student midwives during their midwifery programmes.   

Jacqui is  a senior midwifery advisor (education ) to the Nursing and Midwifery Council – the UK regulator for nurses and midwives – on midwifery issues. This is a crucial UK national role supporting the highest standards of practice for midwives and midwifery care for women. Despite achieving these lofty midwifery heights, she still puts in shifts as a midwife in her local trust, delivering care right at the front line. 

Rebeccah Davies, President of the RCM, said: “Jacqui has a real passion for midwifery and for putting women right at the centre of care. This shines through in the work she has done throughout her career. Her work has an impact locally and nationally and is a driver of better practice by midwives and better care for women. 

“Her commitment to support and foster the next generation of midwives is also hugely important. They are the future of the profession, and they need midwives and leaders like Jacqui to support them through those early years. She is a well-deserved recipient of this award and a wonderful addition to our roster of RCM Fellows.” 


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Notes to Editor 

For information on RCM fellows visit Meet the RCM Fellows.

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