About us

The aims of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Maternity and Neonatal System are to introduce:

  • A single way in for all maternity referrals – making sure you have access to the right care from day one, through your dedicated midwife;
  • Dedicated community hubs – bringing midwifery and specialist care to convenient locations;
  • A host of additional services, including online antenatal courses and much more…

Everything we are doing is all about you, so we want to hear how we can personalise your experience by offering you more choice, while continuing to provide self-care.

You can read our LMNS Plan here.

Meet the Team

Christobel Hargraves

LMNS Board Chair

Christobel has devoted 38 years of her working life to roles closely related to the health service, in the public, private and tertiary sector. This experience was first gained as a registered nurse, followed by a variety of roles in health IT, implementing administrative and clinical systems into acute hospitals. Further experience was gained at the Audit Commission ensuring that resources were put to best use in the health service.

 

As Chief Executive of NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death) for 6 years, she worked with a wide range of clinicians on such studies as ‘Who Operates When’ and ‘Functioning as a Team’. In later years she was ordained a minister in the Church of England, serving as a Rector and Area Dean in Oxfordshire prior to relocating to mid Powys in 2014.

Christobel is a Non-Executive Director at Wye Valley NHS Trust where she chairs the Clinical Quality committee.

Fay Baillie

LMNS Programme Lead

Fay has led the implementation of the Local Maternity and Neonatal System since its inception in March 2017.

Fay has worked in the NHS for 43 years working mainly in Acute teaching hospitals leading women and children’s services. Latterly Fay has held Board positions as Director of Nursing and Midwifery in an Acute Hospital , Primary Care Trust and NHS England local and area teams. As the  West Midlands Darzi lead for maternity services, Fay led major reconfiguration and transformational service changes.

Cathy Garlick

Operations Director

Cathy’s professional background is in nursing and midwifery. She spent many years as a community midwife before moving to leadership roles within women and children’s services both in the West Midlands and London. Her passion is high quality maternity and newborn care for families that are delivered by staff with the skills and knowledge they need. Cathy has worked with the LMNS since its beginnings and believes it will drive improvements in care for mothers, babies and families.

She lives in Worcestershire, where she is currently renovating an old house and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Elaine Evans

Neonatal nurse

Elaine qualified as a registered children’s nurse in 2006, choosing to progress her career in neonatal intensive care. She began her career as a newly qualified staff nurse on the neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s hospital before moving to Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2007.  Whilst working on the neonatal unit she completed her neonatal intensive care course and became a junior sister in 2009.  Elaine moved to Wye Valley NHS Trust in 2016 to take up her first management role as Ward Manger of the Special Care Baby Unit.

She is passionate about providing safe, high quality neonatal care, to improve services across the LMNS to ensure that all mothers and babies receive the right care, in the right place delivered by the right staff with the right skills.

Hazel Brookes

Quality Improvement Midwife

Hazel joined the LMNS team from Walsall where she specialises in Infant Feeding. Hazel is passionate about all things Midwifery, describing it as more of a lifestyle than a vocation. Prior to specialising in  Infant Feeding Hazel has  worked mainly on Delivery Suite and Midwifery lead units facilitating empowering birth where choice is informed and birth experience high on the agenda.  Her passion is in transforming Maternity services by inspiring positive change through compassionate engaging leadership. As the Quality Improvement Midwife for the Hereford and Worcestershire LMNS Hazel will be focusing on postnatal care, specifically return to physical health following birth.

Hazel has two daughters with whom she  enjoys visiting National Trust properties, festivals and camping as a family.

Mike Cohn

LMNS Consultant Obstetrician

Mike qualified in 1981 and immediately started to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Hereford in 1994. During this time he has worked to build up services so that the women of Herefordshire and mid-Powys can have access to the same services as those living in a larger conurbation. Apart from being very busy clinically he has held various roles in management within Wye Valley NHS Trust and is currently Labour Ward Lead and Guideline Lead. He is very keen to ensure that good quality, evidence based care is delivered to all the families coming through maternity services in Hereford.

Outside of work Mike enjoys cooking and appreciating wine with family and friends, as well as gardening and golf.

Swati Ghosh

LMNS Consultant Obstetrician

After graduating in Medicine from India, Swati completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK and was appointed as a consultant at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in 2007. Swati was the Labour Ward Lead for the Alexandra Hospital from 2007 to 2015, when the unit merged with Worcester. She established the obstetric scanning service at Redditch and is currently the scanning lead for the Trust for basic and intermediate ultrasound scanning module. Swati is also the ATSM Preceptor for the West Midlands Deanery for Labour Ward Lead and Advanced Labour Ward Practice, and established the Maternal and Fetal Medicine service in Worcestershire. She is also heavily involved with governance, risk management, teaching and training and has a special interest is in Maternal and Fetal Medicine.  Swati joined the LMNS Team in August  2020 as the Obstetrics Lead for Worcester.

Helen Price

LMNS Project Midwife

Helen has worked within health care since 1985 both as a nurse and a midwife. Helen joined the LMNS team in May 2020. Previous to this, she has worked at Wye Valley NHS Trust since 1993, initially as a midwife where she has been passionate about listening, enabling and supporting many families through their birth experience. Since 2013, Helen has been instrumental in leading on many improvement projects to enhance the choice, accessibility, safety and the quality of maternity care for women and their families within Herefordshire. These include the development of the bereavement service through the ‘Born Sleeping Appeal’ and the creation of the Maternity Triage service.

Currently, Helen is focusing on the diabetes in pregnancy pathway and the national ambition to support new technologies for diabetic women in pregnancy.

Juliana Mihejeva

Audit Lead

Before joining the LMNS as Audit Lead in October 2019, Juliana worked in the Finance Department at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  

 

Juliana enjoys analysing data against standards in order to demonstrate compliance across the LMNS. She feels privileged to be able to present the findings from her work and make recommendations in order to drive forward positive change in the services provided to women, their babies and families across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Barbra McLeod

Governance Lead

Barbra’s professional background is as a registered nurse and she has over 35 years’ experience in the NHS. Barbra commenced her first role in clinical governance in 2000, gaining experience in audit, patient engagement and incident management. Following this she undertook a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Risk Management at Loughborough University.

Barbra joined the LMNS in June 2020; her most recent roles include Quality Governance Manager within Women & Children’s Services and managing a patient safety team, both within acute trust settings. Barbra is eager to drive improvements within maternity and neonatal services for families across the two counties.

Michelle Sterry

Quality Improvement Midwife

Michelle is a  Nurse and Midwife and  currently carries out Quality Improvement work for the LMNS to support new developments in maternity  care that are consistent across the two counties, and ensure safety for women and babies and a personalised experience are placed at the heart of our care provision. Michelle specialises in Public Health related care and also enjoys teaching in her additional roles as a Clinical Champion for Public Health England and as an Associate Lecturer for the University of Worcester.

Frank Sharratt

General Management Trainee

 

Frank joined the Perinatal Mental Health team whilst completing his 2-year graduate management scheme with the NHS Leadership Academy. Frank is eager to learn as much as possible about improving NHS services and making a positive impact on the scheme. Alongside joining the Perinatal Mental Health Team, Frank is continuing to work in the Integrated Care team at Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG whilst completing his postgraduate diploma in Healthcare Leadership. He is excited to learn from the passionate and inspiring colleagues across the LMNS team. Frank relocated to Worcester from Blackpool at the start of March for the GMTS scheme. He is an avid Liverpool and St Helen’s rugby league fan and spends his spare time playing or watching sport.

Our Partners

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Maternity System forms part of the local Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

The STP is a long-term plan to address some of the local health and care issues we have, to improve health for people across the area, and to ensure we can to provide safe and sustainable care into the future.

This means putting prevention and self-care at the heart of what we do, strengthening and sustaining our GP services, developing our ‘out of hospital’ offer, providing safe and sustainable specialist services such as cancer and maternity, and ensuring that people can access the right urgent and emergency care services, without delays when needed. We also need to have the right systems and workforce to enable the changes we will need to make. For further information on the STP visit www.hacw.nhs.uk/yourconversation/

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