Jacqueline Dunkley Bent OBE, is the first Chief Midwifery officer and at NHS England and lead for Maternity transformation. Jacqueline explains in this talk the reasons why statutory supervision in midwifery ended and the need to develop a new model for each of the separate countries. Jacqueline shows how feedback from midwives, stating they needed to be supported and empowered to advocate for women, led to the development of a model for Advocating and educating for quality improvement (A-EQUIP) where all have responsibility for the quality of care. She explains the model is employer led and does not include statutory investigations. Jacqueline introduces the professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) role and information on the A-Equip model. She also highlights where to gain more knowledge on and how to become a PMA.
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley Bent OBE, Head of Maternity,
Children & Young People, NHS England