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Monday 25 March: Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Marshall titled: Call the Midwife: the birth of midwifery education and leadership at the University of Leicester

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On Monday 25 March 2019, Professor Jayne Marshall, Foundation Professor of Midwifery in the School of Allied Health Professions,will give her lecture entitled:

Call the Midwife: the birth of midwifery education and leadership at the University of Leicester

This will take place at 6pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building

Parking available onsite from 5pm.


It is well evidenced that there are many challenges facing the midwifery profession that need to be borne in mind when preparing the future generation of midwives to ensure the future workforce consists of midwives who are fit for practice and purpose. These challenges include an ageing workforce, with a third of all midwives nearing retirement in the next few years, the growing complexity of health needs among the childbearing population and the continued emphasis on improving leadership within the maternity and health services as a result of recent reviews into midwifery practice and education within the UK.

Acknowledging these challenges and the need for newly qualified midwives (and nurses) to have more in-depth knowledge and experience of leadership theory and practice to enhance local service users and patient care, the two local NHS Trusts in Leicestershire have formed a business partnership with the University of Leicester that has led to the introduction of midwifery education at the university and the first 4-year Undergraduate Master in Science (MSci) Midwifery with Leadership programme, that is being led by Jayne.

By taking a journey through Jayne’s midwifery education and leadership career, this lecture explores the important role that leadership plays alongside effective role models, in educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders of the midwifery profession: ultimately aiming to ensure that the delivery of maternity care within Leicester and beyond, is always safe and of high quality.


Professor Jayne Marshall is the Foundation Professor of Midwifery at the University of Leicester and the University’s Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Lead Midwife for Education. Jayne commenced her role in July 2017. She is tasked with establishing a critical mass of midwifery talent that will pioneer an innovative 4-year undergraduate pre-registration Master in Science (MSci) Midwifery with Leadership programme for aspiring leaders of the midwifery profession in partnership with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Jayne trained as a nurse at Guys Hospital, London and undertook midwifery training at Kings College Hospital, London, moving into midwifery education early in her career, following achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults (PGCEA) at the University of Surrey in Guildford. Her first role in education was at the University of Nottingham where she held a variety of teaching and leadership roles that involved developing, implementing and evaluating new midwifery and inter-professional curricula across the range of academic levels. In 2014, she left Nottingham to take up appointment as the Head of the School of Midwifery and NMC Lead Midwife for Education at Kingston University and St Georges University of London. As a result of Faculty re-structuring in 2016, Jayne was promoted to Associate Dean for Practice Education and Workforce Development for seven professions across health, social care and education, and became the first Professor of Midwifery at Kingston and St Georges (where she is now Visiting Professor of Midwifery).

Whilst at Nottingham, Jayne undertook a Master of Arts degree in Policy, Organisation and Change in Professional Care (awarded by Loughborough University) and in 2005, was awarded a PhD from the University of Nottingham for her ethnographic study exploring informed consent during labour. Subsequently, her research interests have focussed on pedagogical research in midwifery. Jayne has also undertaken a range of leadership programmes that have included gaining the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3: First Line Management Award and Level 5: Leadership and Management Award. In 2012, Jayne was recognised for her understanding of leadership both in education and clinical settings, being a recipient of a Lord Dearing Award for outstanding achievement in enhancing the student learning experience. In 2013, Jayne received the Royal College of Midwives Johnsons Baby award for Excellence in Midwifery Education and in 2017 became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jayne’s substantial publishing profile reflects her academic learning and teaching background and she has a wealth of experience in editing key midwifery textbooks. These include the 16th edition of the seminal Myles Textbook for Midwives which is sold in over 75 countries and has been adapted for use in Sub-Saharan Africa and translated into Korean. She is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Childbirth, sits on the Editorial Board of MIDIRS Digest and is a midwifery academic advisor / Consultant to the Health Professional Academy (Mum and Baby).

Jayne was a member of the Education work-stream of Health Education England’s (HEE) Taskforce that developed a new model of midwifery supervision replacing statutory Supervision of Midwifery and is currently part of the UK’s Council of Deans of Health Future Midwife Advisory Group and an Aurora role model and mentor for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. From an international perspective, Jayne is a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Research Standing Committee and in 2017 was appointed to the ICM’s Education Standing Committee, following two terms of office on the ICM’s Research Standing Committee where she was Chair of the Knowledge and Capacity Building Sub-Committee. In January 2018, Jayne was elected as President of the Nottingham Branch of the Royal College of Midwives, being a member of the branch for over 30 years. In June 2018, Jayne was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Midwives for her service to midwifery education and the midwifery profession: an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.

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