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Appointment of new Director of Midwifery and Nursing

16 January 2024

Health and Community Services has appointed Roslyn Bullen-Bell as its new Director of Midwifery and Nursing in Jersey. She has previously held senior roles in clinical leadership and management in the UK. These include Director of Midwifery, NHS England workforce & transformation, Head of Midwifery & Gynaecology, Consultant Midwife and Matron across the NHS mainly in the East of England. 

Ms Bullen-Bell completed her BSc Midwifery in 1995, and has subsequently completed her MSc Advanced Practice, and undertaken the Kings Fund Top Manager programme and Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership course. Her academic roles include Practice Development Midwife and lead for maternity education within a large London Trust. 

She will have overall responsibility in Jersey for the professional leadership and management of Midwifery & Nursing across the Women and Children’s Care Group.

Pivotal to her role will be to ensure an optimum patient experience for users of the maternity and neonatal services, involving the Maternity and Neonatal Service Voices Partnership. 

Her previous roles have focused on forging strong maternity teams built on mutual respect and civility, ensuring no voice is left unheard, something she is passionate about continuing. Ms Bullen-Bell is excited about the future and ensuring the best possible provision of maternity, gynaecology, paediatrics, and neonatal care is available in Jersey.

She said: “I’m delighted to be joining Health and Community Services to support staff and patients. My passion is to celebrate and champion the unique contribution that the midwife and support worker can provide to enabling a safe and respectful culture of maternity care and ensuring a space is created for families in Jersey to have the experience and care they need and deserve.” 

Her appointment builds on the success of the Maternity Improvement Plan. Established in June 2023, it considers all recommendations made by external reviews of the service and best practice reports from the UK. 

The plan is progressing at pace with 87 out of the 127 recommendations made, now completed. 

Key recommendations include this appointment (of a substantive Director of Midwifery), the refurbishment of the maternity unit and the development of a leadership team and processes which ensure sustained and ongoing improvements within the maternity service. 

An ambitious programme of multi-professional training has also been developed and started and outstanding clinical guidelines have been completed. 

Chief Nurse, Jessie Marshall says the appointment of the new Director of Midwifery is further evidence of the significant culture change in maternity. 

“We are delighted to welcome Roslyn to Health and Community Services. Her experience and passion will be a great asset to the maternity team which has already seen huge improvements over the last few months. I’m sure under her leadership it will continue to do so in the future.”​

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