Dame Tina Lavender, PhD, MSc, RM, RGN

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Dame Tina Lavender, PhD, MSc, RM, RGN

(GBR) United Kingdom:  MidwifeNurse

Nominee Highlights:

Dame Tina Lavender is a registered nurse and midwife and is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health (World Health Organization Collaborating Centre) at the University of Manchester. She holds an honorary contract at St. Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Nairobi. She leads a programme of research in midwifery and women’s health; her main research focus being intrapartum care. She is Associate Editor of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Dame Lavender is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives. She has played an active role in promoting improved educational midwifery standards, through a number of innovative educational projects, as well as through formal academic roles. Dame Lavender also acts as a regular Advisor to the World Health Organization, particularly in relation to research priority setting, guideline development and as a reviewer of educational materials. In 2014 Dame Lavender was awarded Faculty Researcher of the Year by Manchester University. In 2016 she was nominated as one of BBC’s 100 most inspirational women worldwide. 

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Professor Dame Tina Lavender has a distinguished track record in improving the health of women and babies in low and middle-income countries. Dame Lavender launched the Centre for Global Women’s Health, and as Director led a programme aimed at promoting improvements in women’s health. In 2014, this gained WHO Collaborating Centre status, in recognition of its work in low and middle-income countries. The designation builds on her strong track record of working with WHO and passion for maternal health, allowing the Centre to maximize the impact of its portfolio of research, education and practice aimed at reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. The collaboration was developed to improve and increase midwifery research and strengthen evidence-based practice in low-income countries, resulting in better maternity care and positive outcomes for women and babies. Before her academic career, Dame Lavender worked as a staff nurse at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool and a midwife at Liverpool Maternity Hospital. Dame Lavender holds accolades including Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife, PgDip (Practitioner Research), MSc (Practitioner Research), PhD (Managing prolonged labour using different partogram action lines: obstetric outcome and maternal satisfaction). In 2012 she was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Midwifery Research and Practice.

*Dame Tina Lavender not pictured.