Jane Sandall is a Professor of Women’s Social Science and Women’s Health at King’s College London and seconded to NHS England to lead maternity and midwifery research. . She is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emerita and has a clinical background in nursing, health visiting and midwifery and an academic background in social sciences. Her research has investigated implementation of open disclosure in perinatal care, how midwife continuity of care may improve quality of care for women at higher risk of pre-term birth and innovations in how services are delivered to improve safety, quality, and women’s experience.
She is leading the implementation evaluation research theme in the Tommys National Centre for Maternity Improvement developing a clinical decision tool to reduce improve preterm birth and stillbirth. She is leading the maternity and Perinatal mental Health theme in NIHR ARC South London and leads research on reducing inequalities in care and outcomes for women and babies. She is a member of NIHR CRIBBS Global Health Group to prevent maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in Sierra Leone.
She is a member of WHO STAGE Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) on Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Nutrition and contributes to a range of NIHR and MRC research boards.
Her research findings have informed English, Scottish, US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services and WHO.