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Wales specialty lead for reproductive health and childbirth awarded prestigious fellowship

Wales specialty lead for reproductive health and childbirth awarded prestigious fellowship

28 June 2019

Health and Care Research Wales specialty lead for reproductive health and childbirth, Professor Julia Sanders PhD, has been awarded a fellowship by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Julia has been a midwife since 1986 and for most of her career has combined clinical, teaching and research roles. Julia was a consultant midwife in Cardiff for 12 years from 2005, and currently works in a post jointly between Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board developing and delivering research and encouraging others to do the same.

At Cardiff University she is the lead on a programme of midwifery research in the School of Healthcare Sciences. Current studies include the NIHR funded POOL study evaluating the safety of water birth for mothers and babies and is an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership Programme in England and Scotland. Julia’s main methodological expertise is within randomised trials and the use of routinely collected NHS and other data to answer research questions.

The RCM’s Fellowship scheme recognises midwives who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research.

Upon receiving her award Professor Julia Sanders said “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award and to become a RCM Fellow. I would like to thank all my clinical and academic colleagues who have inspired, supported and encouraged me throughout my career, and also the many women and midwives who have contributed, or will contribute to future research projects.

“I anticipate that the Fellowship will provide new opportunities for me to support midwives in their care of women, babies and families.”

Jean White, chief nursing officer for Wales, commented; “ I would like to congratulate Julia for this excellent achievement and her work  demonstrates the critical importance that research plays in changes to clinical practice benefiting women, babies and families across Wales “

Carys Thomas, joint interim director of Health and Care Research Wales, added: “I am delighted to see one of our Health and Care Research Wales specialty leads be awarded an RCM fellowship. Julia is a leader and champion in her field and an inspiration to others in the nursing and midwifery community.”