Shaping the future of maternity care

Lessons from local areas on implementing the national review
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About this event

Designed with members of the National Maternity Review, this conference demonstrated how local organisations are making their services safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly.


Session one: National vision

Welcome and introduction

  • Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE, Chair, National Maternity Review

Implementing the National Maternity Review: key updates and progress so far

  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, and Chair, Maternity Transformation Programme Board

How service users’ perspectives are shaping the future of maternity care

  • Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser, The National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

Patient and user feedback in maternity services

  • Lillie Wenzel, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

Keynote: Building a personalised approach to care through enhanced clinical leadership and shared decision making

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government, and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Session two: Breakouts

Improving choice and making services more personalised

  • Professor Helen Young, Chief Nurse, Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Maternity choice and personalisation pioneer

  • Sally Pastellas, Senior Commissioning Manager, Children and Maternity Commissioning Collaborative, Linked to North Hampshire CCG (working across Hampshire 5 CCGs)
  • Janice Mackenzie, Associate Director of Midwifery and Women's Health, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (pioneer – North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, North Hampshire CCG, West Hampshire CCG, South East Hampshire CCG, Fareham &, Gosport CCG, Southampton CCG, Portsmouth CCG, Isle of Wight CCG)

Developing a toolkit to explore collection and use of feedback from seriously ill women and babies falling through the gaps

  • Florence Wilcock, Consultant Obstetrician, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Chair, User Experience Subgroup, London Maternity Strategic Clinical Network
  • Leigh Kendall, Patient leader (expert by experience)
  • Catherine MacLennan, Patient leader (expert by experience)​

Enabling service users to choose how to give feedback on their care

  • Manjit Roseghini, Head of Midwifery and Women's Health Services, Whittington Health

Developing a partnership to deliver high clinical quality and patient experience across maternity, gynaecology, neonatal and paediatric services

  • Catherine McClennan, Programme Director, Maternity and Gynaecology, Cheshire and Merseyside Women's and Children's Partnership
  • Simon Banks, Chief Officer, NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group

Session three: Breakouts

Implementing the stillbirth care bundle

  • Katy Evans, Maternity Matron and Sally Bryant, Smoking Cessation Midwife, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cath Jones, Bereavement Support Midwife, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kerry Bushell, Antenatal Clinic Lead, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Electronic notes system for maternity care

  • Wendy Jones, Associate Director of Operations, Women and Children’s Services, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Giving women access to a comprehensive digital tool that offers them the information they need throughout pregnancy

  • Julia Gudgeon, Maternity Matron, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Local transformation

  • Dr Andrew Parson, Local GP, Clinical Chair, Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, and Clinical Lead, South East London STP footprint area

Supporting a transformation in maternity services through the STP

  • Ian Goodall, Associate Director of Operational Planning and Programme Management, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire STP footprint area

Session four: Closing plenary

Promoting good practice through safer care

  • Birte Harlev-Lam, Clinical Director for Maternity and Children, NHS Improvement

Making care safer

  • Madeleine Percival, Deputy Director, Maternity Safety Programme Team, Department of Health

Sponsors and exhibitors




Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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