Director of Nursing & Midwifery
I am proud to be a product of the English NHS and have spent all my adult career working, learning and enjoying being part of the health care community. I began my career as a Registered General Nurse working in Surgery in what was then more commonly known as Birch Hill Hospital Rochdale, before training as a Midwife in 1987 at North Manchester General. I have worked across a variety of clinical settings, but have a core interest in intrapartum care. During the 1990’s I became involved in leadership and was a LEO facilitator before gaining a MSC in Midwifery, which focused on Clinical Leadership.
In 2002 I moved to Salford Royal, initially as the Consultant Midwife for the co-located birth centre, working with a team of community-based midwives to provide intrapartum care to low risk women, work which won the RCM award for promoting normality, and I later worked at Salford as the Assistant Director of Nursing/Head of Midwifery. For a number of years I held a joint appointment with the University of Salford and have worked on developing and implementing postgraduate midwifery learning related to complex and high-risk pregnancy.
I came Saint Mary’s Division of CMFT in 2011 as Head of Nursing (HON) and soon after became the HON & Midwifery, before becoming the Deputy Director of Nursing and HOM. I have very much enjoyed participating in the quality improvement work being undertaken by the organisation. Following major large scale change, the maternity unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital has evolved to become the largest in Greater Manchester for births on a single site.
In January 2018 I was very proud to be appointed into my new role covering our Managed Clinical Service, which is very exciting and covers the whole spectrum of women’s health from gynaecology such as reproductive medicine, early pregnancy and oncology through to leading the region’s respected tertiary neonatal unit, which comprises 69 surgical and medical cots.
My other passions sit with swimming and football.