At a series of meetings during March and April, the Clinical Working Group reviewing women and children's services looked at options for delivering gynaecology, paediatrics, maternity services, and related emergency services, to ensure that you receive a high quality and safe service that is affordable in the long term.
The group's priority is that the quality and safety of care is the most important factor in planning services which will work for the next decade and beyond. Safeguarding children and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable could be best served by common care pathways, more community based provision and direct GP to Consultant communications.
Earlier access to services, before becoming or when pregnant, particularly for teenagers, was identified as critical in getting the right care from the start.
Looking closely at ‘best practice’ evidence from other health trusts around the country, the group identified that any potential models for care must offer high quality affordable services with good access for patients, improved levels of patient experience and good connections with supporting services both within the hospital and with community services. In respect of maternity services, it remains important to ensure patient choice through the provision of midwife-led services.
We welcome your input to the discussions and invite you to 'have your say' by joining our discussion forum or by emailing us your thoughts and suggestions.
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The group is co-chaired by:
Angus Thomson, Clinical Director – O&G, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT)
Dr David Lewis, Clinical Director – Community Paediatrics, Worcs Health & Care Trust
The other members are:
Andrew Short, Clinical Director – Paediatrics, WAHT
Tom Dawson, Consultant Paediatrician, WAHT
David Gemmell, Consultant Physician – Emergency Medicine AGH, WAHT
Kevin O’Dwyer, Consultant Surgeon – T&O, WAHT
Joseph Uhiara, Consultant Obstetrician, WAHT
Rabia Imtiaz, Consultant Obstetrician, WAHT
Karen Kerr, Consultant Anaesthetist, WAHT
Dana Picken, Matron Paediatrics, WAHT
Vicky Bullock, Matron Neonatal, WAHT
Karen Kokoska, Maternity Risk Manager, WAHT
Margaret Stewart, Matron – Community Midwifery, WHAT
Patti Paine, Head of Midwifery, WAHT
Alison Talbot, Matron Maternity, AGH, WAHT
Rachel Carter, Matron, Maternity, WRH, WAHT
Jo Underhill, Countywide Specialist Gynaecology Nurse, WAHT
Stephanie Courts, Clinical Lead – Paediatrics/Orchard service rep, Worcs Health & Care Trust
Fran Tummey, CAMHS Clinical Manager, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust
Christine Curtis, Clinical Lead – Women & Children, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Gemma Moore, GP, South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
Catherine McGregor, GP, R&B Clinical Commissioning Group
Helen Boon, GP, R&B Clinical Commissioning Group
Andrea Cudd, Commissioning (CCG/Cluster)
Alex Borg, General Manager - O&G/Paediatrics, WAHT
Social Services representative (to be confirmed)