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Queen's honour awarded for services to midwifery and women's health

Professor Jane Sandall from Division of Women’s Health received her CBE on Friday 27 January, for services to midwifery and women’s health.

Professor Sandall’s research in maternal health and reproduction is interdisciplinary between the clinical and social sciences. It focuses on 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 as well as the social and organisational implications of the translation of innovative health technologies into health care.

At NIHR CLAHRC South London, she leads work on supporting women who are likely to give birth prematurely, improving postnatal care and helping new mothers to lose weight. She also leads CLAHRC’s training and education activities and is an academic lead for the Centre for Implementation Science.

Her work with colleagues on the Cochrane review in 2015 provided clear evidence for the first time that women and their families benefit from maternity care provided by a single midwife or a small group of midwives through pregnancy, birth and postnatally, which directly influenced NHS England’s plans for the future of maternity care.

Professor Sandall says: “I'm delighted to have been recognised with this honour. Much of the work that I do has the aim of improving care for pregnant women and their families, and it makes it so worthwhile to see how our research is being used to inform important decisions that women, service planners and clinicians are making.”

Professor Jane Sandall receiving her CBE
Professor Jane Sandall recieving her CBE from HRH Prince of Wales