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Leading nurses join panel of national maternity care review

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Senior nurse Dame Donna Kinnair and former nursing director Melany Pickup have joined the list of clinicians and patient safety advisors who will lead a major review into maternity services in England.

Dame Donna is currently clinical director for the emergency department at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals, but was recently appointed as the Royal College of Nursing’s new head of nursing.

Ms Pickup is chief executive of Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust.

They complete the National Maternity Review along with Sir Sam Everington, chair of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group and board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners.

“We will set out to make a demonstrable difference to the experience and outcomes [of] women, their babies and their families”

Julia Cumberlege

Chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, the 17-strong review panel will assess current maternity care provision and consider how services should be developed to meet the “changing needs” of women and babies, in particular the idea that more people would prefer to give birth at home or in community settings.

The review was first trailed last autumn in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. Its terms of reference were published earlier this month in the wake of the report into maternity care failings at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. 

Donna Kinnair

Donna Kinnair

It aims to make recommendations on safe and efficient models of maternity services – including midwife-led units – and to ensure the NHS enables women to make safe and appropriate choices of maternity care.

Support for NHS staff, including midwives, to provide responsive care, will also be a focus.

As part of its work, the review will “pay particular attention” to the challenges of achieving these aims in more geographically isolated areas, which was highlighted in the Morecambe Bay Investigation report.

At its first meeting last week, the group discussed topics including the importance of team working, the need for care to maximise positive outcomes, opportunities for reducing avoidable harm, the need to provide women with as much information as required for them to make choices, and the importance of seamless care.

Following the meeting, Baroness Cumberlege, said: “This [first meeting] provided us with the opportunity to think about the huge responsibility we have undertaken.

“We will set out to make a demonstrable difference to the experience and outcomes that women, their babies and their families can expect from maternity care in England,” she said.

The review has been asked by NHS England to report its findings by the end of the year.


The full list of review team members is:

  • Baroness Julia Cumberlege (chair)
  • Sir Cyril Chantler (vice chair)
  • Professor Cathy Warwick, Royal College of Midwives, Chief Executive
  • Dr David Richmond, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, President
  • Annie Francis, Neighbourhood Midwives, Chief Executive
  • Sarah Noble, Consultant Midwife, Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elizabeth Duff, NCT, Senior Policy Adviser
  • Alison Baum, Best Beginnings, Chief Executive
  • Rowan Davies, Mumsnet, Head of Policy and Campaigns
  • James Titcombe, Morecambe Bay parent and CQC adviser on safety
  • Dr Alan Fenton, Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
  • Professor James Walker,  Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Leeds
  • Dr Catherine Calderwood, National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health
  • Dr Jocelyn Cornwell, Point of Care Foundation, Chief Executive
  • Sir Sam Everington, Chair, Tower Hamlets CCG and board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Clinical Director Emergency Department, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals
  • Melany Pickup, Chief Executive, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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  • It is somewhat worrying that there are so few midwives on the panel surely they are best placed to advise on service needs; perhaps midwives are better qualified to review emergency department waiting times or nursing services for instance?

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