University of Surrey 

For Alumni and Supporters

Remembering Caroline Simpson (née Shepherd)

Caroline (PG Cert 1990), who died in February aged 54, had a distinguished career in midwifery education, practice and policy. Amongst her wealth of experience, there are several positions in which she played a national leadership role, leaving a lasting legacy on midwifery practice and the care of mothers and babies.

As the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer for the south of England, she will be remembered for her work to implement local standards for midwifery supervision.

In 2009, Thames Valley University awarded her an Honorary Chair for her contribution to midwifery. From 2006 Caroline held the post of the Government’s midwifery adviser at the Department of Health.

Caroline has always been held in high regard and with great affection by midwives across the country for her professionalism and expert knowledge of midwifery, combined with a deep commitment to giving children the best start in life, especially in the most disadvantaged families.

This commitment and her strong sense of social justice led her to the innovative Family Nurse Partnership project in 2008. This intensive programme for vulnerable teenage mothers was a fitting role for the end of her career where she will be remembered for giving midwives a strong presence on the programme and for ensuring high standards of care for pregnant teenagers.

For those fortunate to work with Caroline over the years, she is remembered as a wonderful role model, as a true clinical expert in her field with leadership qualities much needed in today’s NHS – humility, professionalism and a deep commitment to care.

Her family and friends remember her for her warmth, good humour, generosity and always putting others before herself.

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