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NMC names new senior midwifery advisor

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has appointed Donna Ockenden as its senior midwifery advisor, one of two newly created roles providing high level advice to the regulator.

She joins Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills, who was the first to be announced in one of the advisory roles earlier this summer.

Ms Ockenden is co-clinical director of the Maternity Strategic Clinical Network at NHS England and will continue in this post alongside her work with the NMC.

She was previously chair of the Royal College of Midwives’ head of midwifery advisory board in England from 2006 to 2014.

Donna Ockenden

Donna Ockenden

Prior to that, she held various chief midwife posts in England and abroad, including at South London Healthcare Trust, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and Khoula Hospital in Muscat.

NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “I am very pleased to welcome Donna to the NMC. We recognise that nurses and midwives like Donna have a massive role to play in the future of regulation and Donna brings with her important experience in maternity services and midwifery.”

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Ockenden said: “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to work with the NMC as senior midwifery advisor and I look forward to bringing my experience to the role and working closely with Jackie Smith.”

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