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Rebecca Percival

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health, Education and Social Care
ARU Peterborough
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery

Beccy Percival is a midwife with a special interest in health disparities and their impact on maternity care and population health, alongside the use of quality improvement methodologies to support safe care.

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Beccy became a midwife after several years as a Registered General Nurse, which led her into a short service commission with the Royal Air Force. She has worked in various locations across England, finally settling in the Cambridgeshire area.

Following completion of her MSc in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement, Beccy has a keen interest in how care can be improved and made safer, by using methodologies and insights from the course.

Beccy has worked as a Community Midwife, Labour Ward Coordinator and a Practice Development Midwife. In her most recent role, as a Project Midwife, she has been supporting the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Maternity and Neonatal System with implementing the requirements laid out in the National Maternity Transformation Programme.

Research interests

Following completion of her Masters in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement, Beccy is currently exploring options for commencing her professional doctorate within this area, linked with the National Maternity Transformation Programme, service user and workforce experience.


Beccy teaches across the curriculum on ARU's BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree and has contributed to sessions around complementary therapy use in midwifery, the Midwifery Continuity of Carer Model, and the public health agenda linked with the Maternity Transformation Programme.


  • Registered General Nurse (lapsed)
  • Registered Midwife
  • MSc, Quality and Patient Safety Improvement

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audit and Confidential Enquiries (MBRRACE). Role: Maternal Death Assessor.

Selected recent publications

Koh, L. M., Percival, B., Pauley, T., Pathak, S., 2019. Complementary therapy and alternative medicine: effects on induction of labour and pregnancy outcome in low risk post-dates women. Heliyon, 5(11), e02787.

Pauley, T., Percival, R., 2014. Reducing post-dates induction numbers with post-dates complementary therapy clinics. British Journal of Midwifery, 22(9), pp. 630-633.

Liberati, E. G., Tarrant, C., Willars, J., Draycott, T., Winter, C., Kuberska, K., et al. (Percival, Rebecca listed in the Scaling Authorship Group), 2020. Seven features of safety in maternity units: a framework based on multisite ethnography and stakeholder consultation. BMJ Quality & Safety. 10.17863/CAM.57929