1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MatNeoSIP Patient Safety Network event 

Online event

The Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative (GMEC) will be holding four MatNeoSIP Patient Safety Network learning events over the 2021/22 period.


The Patient Safety Network is the new name for the previous MatNeoSIP Local Learning System which all 7 local maternity system providers have been members of for the last 3 years- working together with Health Innovation Manchester as the host AHSN on this NHSE&I commissioned safety improvement work.


The GMEC Patient Safety Network consists of all Local Maternity Systems providers (9 units) and key system stakeholders whose work is focussed on the safe, personal and effective care of our expectant mothers and their families.


The learning events will provide an opportunity for the GMEC Maternity system to:


  • Work together to share best practice.
  • Hear from LMS teams involved in the MatNeoSIP- giving them a forum to share developing quality improvement work around the Deterioration of mum and baby programme.
  • Listen to the experiences of women and families we work with.
  • Be signposted to upcoming training and development i.e. Shared Decision Making, Human Factors, Safety Culture.
  • Share thoughts and feelings about future focus areas for the Patient Safety Network Leads Group.


Join us virtually for the first MatNeoSIP Patient Safety Network learning event on Thursday 11 March 2021, 13:00- 17:00 via Zoom.




13.00 – Welcome, introductions and overview of the event


Tom Openshaw – Programme Development Lead, Health Innovation Manchester (HInM)


13.10 – National perinatal update


Sascha Wells Munro OBE – Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer​, NHS England and Improvement

Sascha Wells-Munro was appointed in April 2018 by NHS Improvement as a Maternity Improvement Advisor to support maternity services across the country that face challenges and require significant transformation and improvement. Prior to this appointment Sascha was the Director of Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT (UHMBT).

Sascha has been a midwife since 1995, qualifying and working within the West Midlands. She has worked in all areas of midwifery, both in hospital and community as well as being part of a case loading team in 1996 following the publication of Changing Childbirth. She has held many senior positions throughout her career. Sascha holds a Post Graduate Certificate at master’s level in Advanced Midwifery Practice.

She believes that Midwifery must remain a distinct profession to ensure that women and families continue to receive the high quality, safe maternity care that midwives, and maternity support workers provide alongside their other professional colleagues as part of a multi-professional team

Sascha is a member of the Midwifery Council at the NMC as well as being appointed as a member of the Multi-professional Expert Advisory Panel for Baby Life-line in April 2019. In July 2019 Sascha was also voted for by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) members to be appointed to the RCM Board, taking up post in September 2019.

Sascha was awarded an OBE for service to the NHS and patient safety in the 2020 New year’s Honours list. She was appointed as Deputy Chief midwifery Officer for England on the 1st April 2020.

Michele Upton – Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation Programmes, NHS England & Improvement​

Michele Upton currently works as Head of Maternity and Neonatal Safety in NHS England and NHS Improvement. She is a registered general nurse, midwife and neonatal nurse with extensive experience at provider, regional and national level in patient safety and quality improvement.

Her role includes leadership of a substantial work programme to improve the safety of maternity services and to meet the national ambition to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and neonatal brain injuries as well as reducing preterm births by 25% from a 2010 baseline by 2025. Michele also advises on new maternity and neonatal safety policy and initiatives, drawing on a wide network of experts with who to collaborate and advise to ensure high quality programmes result. This has led to her involvement in international programmes of work to reduce intrapartum harm and to collaborate with leading academic thinkers in maternity and newborn safety.

Michele had held previous leadership roles at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and led a range of innovations in the East of England focusing on bringing maternity and neonatal teams together to optimise delivery of seamless perinatal care. Michele is also nursing editor for the neonatal journal Infant.


13.35 – MatNeoSIP phase 2:

  • Overview of the MatNeoSIP driver diagram
  • National Maternity Early Warning Score (MEWS)
  • Ockenden – standardised antenatal risk assessment and processes
  • Birmingham Symptom Specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS)
  • Each Baby Counts –escalation toolkit



Wendy Stobbs – Senior Programme Development Lead, HInM

Chantal Knight – Clinical Lead, HInM

Caroline Berry – Matron and Esme Booth – Matron, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Chloe Hughes – Each Baby Counts Lead for East Cheshire NHS Trust


14.35 – Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP)

  • Co-producing with women and families
  • Learning and impact of Covid-19



Cathy Brewster and Natalie Qureshi – Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire MVP Network Co-chairs

Cathy and Natalie represent service users and local Maternity Voices Partnerships on the Local Maternity System board through the GMEC MVP network.

Natalie was previously co-chair of the Maternity Listening & Action Group (an MVP precursor) at Pennine Acute Trusts. She is also a hypnobirthing practitioner and a lay examiner for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Natalie is a research professional having worked for fifteen years in consultancy, managing evaluation and research projects for a variety of public, private and voluntary organisations including the Big Lottery Fund. She is experienced at organising and undertaking qualitative research, particularly one-to-one interviews and focus groups with women and families from a wide range of different communities.

Cathy has been a service user representative on Stockport MVP since the birth of her youngest child seven years ago has chaired or co-chaired for the last two. She is a founder member of National Maternity Voices and represents service users nationally on the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme workstream 7: Harnessing Digital Technology. Cathy has undertaken co-creation and mentor training with NHS England to qualify as one of the first MVP mentors in the country. She has presented at events both regionally and nationally on coproduction and MVPs such as the Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference, Better Births 4 Years On and NHS EXPO.


14.50 – Break


15.00 – Culture and human factors


Peter Ledwith – Quality Improvement Programme Manager, Safety & Mortality, AQuA ​


16.00 – Overview of support in place and next steps

  • Event feedback
  • System suggestions re planning future learning events



Wendy Stobbs, Senior Programme Development Lead, HInM

Chantal Knight, Clinical Lead, HInM

Tom Openshaw – Programme Development Lead, HInM


16.30 – 17.00 – Close and reflection time

Please save the date for 3 remaining events of the series which are also open to register below:

Friday 11 June 2021

Thursday 14 October 2021

Friday 11 February 2022


If you would like any further information on these events please get in touch with one of the team:


Emma Chikumba, Project Manager  Emma.Chikumba@healthinnovationmanchester.com

Wendy Stobbs, Senior Programme Development Lead Wendy.Stobbs@healthinnovationmanchester.com

Chantal Knight, Maternity Safety Lead Chantal.Knight@healthinnovationmanchester.com

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