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Dr David Foster OBE is a nurse and a midwife.

Until 2016, David was a civil servant at the Department of Health, most recently as Head of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit, having previously been Deputy Chief Nursing Officer. In his 8 years at the Department he advised Ministers and policy teams on nursing, midwifery and allied health professions issues affecting the health and social care system.

David trained in nursing at the Middlesex Hospital, London and in midwifery at Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries in Scotland. His postgraduate career focused on adult intensive care nursing before moving into management and professional leadership roles. He ended his NHS career as Director of Nursing at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.  He is also a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University, King’s College, London, and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University and is a member of the Court of London South Bank University.

David is also the Chairman of the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS).

He was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2019.