Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE

Baroness Cumberlege has been at the centre of healthcare policy for decades, chairing national Reviews and acting as a Government spokesperson in the House of Lords. 

After a period in Local Government, Baroness Cumberlege was appointed to Chair the Brighton Health Authority and subsequently the South West Thames Regional Health Authority.  She was appointed a Junior Health Minister in 1992 and for five years she covered all Health and Social Services matters in the House of Lords.

Commissioned by two Governments to produce two national reports, ‘Neighbourhood Nursing – a Focus for Care’ (1986) and ‘Changing Childbirth’ (1993),  in 2015, Baroness Cumberlege was appointed to lead a major NHS Review of maternity services, which led to the publishing of its report, ‘Better Births – Improving outcomes of maternity services in England’, in 2016. More recently, Baroness Cumberlege chaired the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices safety review which published earlier this year.

She is Trustee of Cancer Research UK, a Senior Associate of the King’s Fund, a patron of the National Childbirth Trust, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives.

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