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IMUK are proud to have Baroness Julia Cumberlege as our patron.
Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health from 1992 to 1997. She founded Cumberlege Connections Ltd in 2003 and Cumberlege Eden and Partners in 2013. Both Companies specialise in training and consultancy to the health sector. Julia started her career in Local Government, as Leader of the Lewes District Council and Chair of Social Services for East Sussex. She has served on many public bodies and has produced two reports for the Government. She is an Honorary Fellow of five Royal Colleges. She chaired the Brighton District Health Authority and the South West Regional Health Authority before being appointed to the House of Lords and a Junior Health Minister in 1992.
Julia has chaired working parties for the Royal College of Physicians – which led to the ‘Doctors in Society’ (2005) and ‘Future Physicians: Changing Doctors in a Changing World’ (2010) reports. She is a Patron of the National Childbirth Trust and Vice President of the Royal College of Midwives. In the 1990s she also led a major review on maternity care, producing the ‘Changing Childbirth’ report for the Government. Baroness Cumberlege has recently chaired, completed and is now implementing a Review of the National Maternity Services (‘Better Births’ – improving outcomes from maternity services in England (2016) and has a wealth of experience in healthcare leadership.
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