Expert Advicse On Nursing, Midwifery Services

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Dr Kuldip Bharj OBE, from the University of Leeds, has been invited to join the Prime Minister’s Commission on the future of nursing and midwifery services.

She is the Lead Midwife for Education, responsible for the strategic management of midwifery education programmes at the School of Healthcare. Her research interests include women’s health and social inequalities and the recruitment of minority ethnic groups into nursing.

As part of her doctoral studies she explored the maternity experiences of Pakistani Muslim women in the north of England.

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The Commission, convened under the chairmanship of Health Minister, Ann Keen brings together leading experts with education, practice and research experience to help shape the design and delivery of 21st century healthcare for patients and NHS staff.

Dr Bharj said: “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to the work which brings women, families and healthcare staff who deliver NHS services to the centre of the discussion and debate.

“Culturally competent, safe, high quality, evidence-based care, delivered by staff that are effectively equipped and supported accords with the NHS constitution and is key to 21st century practice.”

A non-executive director of NHS Leeds since 2006 and chair of the Black and Ethnic Minority Strategy Group for Leeds City from 2003-2009, Dr Bharj also acts as national consultant on equal opportunities and is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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