Professor Rona McCandlish, Non-Executive Director
Rona has been a Non-executive Director at NICE since 2007. Rona began her career in the NHS as an auxiliary nurse in 1974 in Scotland. She trained as a registered nurse, then a mental health nurse and has been a practicing midwife since 1985. She was Chair of the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health from 2004-2007 and was Chair for the NICE Postnatal Care Guideline Development Group.
In 2008 she was appointed a Non-executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and has recently been re-appointed as a NED for ‘new' NICE (the National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence). Rona was appointed as Midwifery Professional Adviser for the Professional Leadership Team at the Department of Health in 2009. She took up this role on secondment from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University where she set up the ground-breaking Birthplace in England research programme.
Her portfolio at DH included professional regulation and she worked closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on midwifery issues. She was Clinical Professional Member of the DH team for the independent review of indemnity and insurance cover for health professionals.
As DH lead for the Midwifery 2020 Programme in England she worked with members of the public, women using maternity services and their families, midwives, educationalists, doctors and a wide range of other health and social care professionals to shape policy for midwifery education, practice and services. She now works as National Professional Advisor - Midwifery at the Care Quality Commission.
This page was last updated: 16 September 2013