NHS England has appointed a health service chief executive to lead the transformation of maternity services.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital foundation trusts, has been appointed to chair a new maternity transformation board.
“I am thrilled to be chairing the maternity transformation programme board”
It follows the publication in February of the national maternity review, led by Baroness Cumberlege. Ms Marsh’s job will be to lead the implementation of the review, which aims to cut the rate of stillbirths and neonatal and maternal deaths.
Ms Marsh will retain her responsibilities leading the two Birmingham trusts, which announced plans to merge in late 2015.
She first joined the health service in 2000, and became chief executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital in March 2009. Last year Ms Marsh was appointed chief executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital as well.
Ms Marsh, who returned from maternity leave this month, said: “As a passionate advocate for women’s and children’s services, I am thrilled to be chairing the maternity transformation programme board…
“Pregnancy, birth and getting to know and love your baby should be the most precious and joyous time of a woman’s life,” she said.
“The maternity transformation programme is committed to ensuring that those working across maternity services have the right environment, tools and resources to continually improve care for woman and babies,” she added.
Earlier this month Claire Murdoch, a mental health nurse and chief executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, was made mental health director.