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LMS ambition and targets

Information on the national Maternity Transformation Programme which seeks to achieve the vision set out in Better Births can be found here

Our local maternity ambition and targets are outlined in the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Long Term Plan 2019-24  and are described by Becky Case, LMS Programme Lead here

Meet the team

Becky 1Becky Case 

LMS Programme Lead   

email: b.case@nhs.net 

Becky has worked in the NHS for over 20 years now - and before that worked in the oil and gas industry looking at data, efficiency and safety - so brought some of this learning with her. Her roles in healthcare have included managing medical and surgical specialties, community and public health teams, as well as commissioning new services across North and West Yorkshire.

She was delighted to join the LMS team in 2019 and lead such important work in making services better and friendlier for our local families. Her particular ambition is to improve the technology that staff work with so that they can most effectively work in the community, and to ensure all our service offers are equitable and accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Uma headshotUma Rajesh

LMS Clinical Lead, Obstetrics 

email: uma.rajesh@nhs.net 

Uma is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologists and the Clinical Lead for Obstetrics at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The direct clinical care she routinely provides consists of weekly alternating gynaecology outpatient clinics and elective gynaecology operating theatres.

She also supports fetal medicine ultrasound scans and counselling lists. Her special interests include caring for patients who have been subject to FGM and are currently pregnant, and abnormally adherent placentas that require multi-disciplinary planning/complex surgeries.

Uma is with the LMS for one session per week to provide valuable clinical input to the programme, and ensure that all colleagues are engaged as much as possible with LMS activity.

Aparna ManouAparna Manou

LMS Clinical Lead, Neonatology 

email: a.manou@nhs.net

Aparna is a Consultant Neonatologist and the Clinical Lead for Neonates at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She is also the Neonatal Clinical Lead for the Y&H MatNeoSIP.  

With a particular interest in Quality Improvement, leadership, and mentoring junior doctors on clinical and non-clinical skills, she is passionate about implementing change to improve care.

She is with the LMS for one session per week to provide valuable neonatal clinical input and her Quality Improvement knowledge and experience to the programme, and ensure that all colleagues are engaged as much as possible with LMS activity.

Sallie Cropped Sallie Ward 

LMS Lead Midwife 

email: sallie.ward1@nhs.net 

Sallie leads the workstream on Choice, Personalisation and Continuity of Carer (CoC). A key target is working with Trusts to ensure that CoC is the default model of care for maternity services, and available to all, where safe staffing allows and building blocks are in place, by March 2023.  This work is based on co-production with the Maternity Voices Partnership ensuring that we are designing a service for families with families.

She trained as a nurse and a midwife and has worked for many years at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in various roles including, Community Midwife, Sure Start Midwife and Community Midwifery Manager before joining the LMS team in February 2019.

She is most proud of designing and implementing the 2017 Hull City of Culture project “ Born into a City of Culture” involving the footprints of over 5,000 babies within the year.

Nova photo for website Nova Watkinson 

LMS Preterm Birth Project Lead   

email: nova.watkinson@nhs.net

Following a previous career in hospitality, Nova became a nurse in 2000 and then a labour ward midwife at York & Scarborough Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2006.  She joined the Quality and Governance team in 2017 and was instrumental in the investigation processes and case reviews; providing system level change to ensure that safe, quality services are always provided.

She now works across all 3 LMS Trusts to implement the national Maternity Transformation Programme vision for safer and more personalised care across England, with a particular focus on preterm birth and progress towards delivering the national ambition to halve the rates of stillbirths, neonatal mortality, maternal mortality and brain injury by 2025. 

Kasey Town - ID PhotoKasey Town

LMS Safety Lead - MEaCC

email: kasey.town1@nhs.net 

Kasey is a Labour Ward Co-ordinator at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and joined us as our Maternal Enhanced and Critical Care (MEaCC) Lead in February 2022, working on a 1 day per week secondment for one year. 

MEaCC specifically addresses a standard of care for women who become unwell during pregnancy, at birth or immediately after who will require additional support and intervention. There is work for the LMS to do in understanding what requirements are still outstanding, what training for all our staff is necessary, and how we can ensure appropriate, timely and equitable care for all our women and birthing people.

ruth prentice photo oct2020Ruth Prentice

Lay Chair, Humber and North Yorkshire Maternity Voices group   

email: rprentice12@yahoo.com

Ruth chairs the Maternity Voices group and supports the local Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs), representing service user voice within the LMS boards and workstreams and facilitating LMS-wide engagement work in collaboration with the local MVPs. 

Ruth supported the development of the group of MVPs within our Local Maternity System based on her own experience of chairing the MVP in North and North East Lincolnshire, which she has been involved with since 2010. She is also a core member of National Maternity Voices.

Ruth is a mum of four and works from home but her LMS role (usually) involves plenty of travel around our area. Ruth says "My youngest is now 7 years old, so I value my time spent with people who have recently accessed local maternity care to understand what it’s like to have a baby now. I enjoy the variety of people I meet and topics we cover as MVPs, at local, LMS, regional and national scale. I also love hearing about service user engagement and coproduction in other parts of the NHS through my NHSE Patient and Public Voices training role".

Sufia Pic 6.03.2022Sufia Miah

Maternity and Neonatal Care Diversity Champion

Sufia graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) Law and Business degree and went on to gain a BSc (Hons) Social Work degree in 2017.

She has always been involved with community work initially as a BAME worker, and with people experiencing mental health problems and dual diagnosis, and more recently at North Lincolnshire Council working with adults that are homeless.

As the LMS/MVP Maternity and Neonatal Care Diversity Champion, she is hoping to help improve women and families experience with maternity and neonatal services, resulting in better maternity outcomes for all.

Bec Holmes  Bec Holmes

LMS Prevention Lead (Alcohol Misuse in Pregnancy)

email: rebecca.holmes25@nhs.net

Bec worked in a community midwifery setting for 8 years, and most recently in the antenatal day clinic and unit a at Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. In late 2020, she was seconded to the LMS for 6 months to lead on the Maternity Support Worker scoping project to support the development of the midwifery support role across Humber and North Yorkshire.

She is now working, on a part time seconded basis, as an LMS Prevention Lead with a focus on alcohol misuse in pregnancy. 

20210517_103758Laura Caldicott

LMS Prevention Lead (Weight Management/Healthy Lifestyle)

email: laura.caldicott1@nhs.net

Laura became a midwife, working at Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals, in 2017. This has involved working in all maternity areas, most recently on the Labour Ward at Scunthorpe Hospital. 

Having gained qualifications in fitness instructing, pre/postnatal fitness instructing and personal training outside of work, she was ideally qualified for this seconded role within the LMS. This will involve scoping the current services offered to women and identifying how these can be improved further.

Victoria cropped informal Vicky White

LMS Prevention Lead (Smoking in Pregnancy)

email: victoria.white46@nhs.net 

Working as a midwife at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust since 2016, Vicky has labour ward and community experience, most recently as a member of a Continuity of Carer team in Scunthorpe.  

Vicky commenced her LMS secondment role in January 2022. With her many years of caring for and supporting women who smoke or who have recently stopped smoking during their pregnancy journey, she is very well placed to champion the smoking cessation in pregnancy agenda which aligns with the NHS Long Term Plan smokefree ambitions.

Sarah CollinsSarah Collins

LMS 'Ask a Midwife' Project Lead

email: sarah.collins60@nhs.net 

Sarah is one of the two Project Leads for the 'Ask a Midwife' service. She trained as a nurse and a midwife, working most recently in the Community Midwifery Team at Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

She has been seconded to the LMS for a year to support and develop the Ask a Midwife Facebook messaging service, which provides immediate, personalised responses to the queries and concerns of pregnant women across our area.

Helen SmithHelen Smith 

LMS 'Ask a Midwife' Project Lead

email: helen.smith241@nhs.net

Helen is one of the two Project Leads for the 'Ask a Midwife' service.  She trained as a nurse and a midwife, working most recently on the labour ward at the Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.   

She has been seconded to the LMS for a year to support and develop the Ask a Midwife Facebook messaging service. She is passionate about patient feedback and high standards of care and keen to ensure that all women within the Humber and North Yorkshire LMS are receiving the most up to date information and feel supported throughout their maternity journey. 

Laurie Bio Pic 2Laurie Palmer

LMS Senior Partnership Officer 

email: laurie-anne.palmer@nhs.net 

Laurie has worked in the public sector for over 25 years, in a range of senior roles within Health/Economic Development/Regeneration/Social Inclusion/Community Planning/Policy and Planning and Corporate Support. 

Before joining the LMS team in August 2019, she worked as a peripatetic project manager at NHS England, supporting a range of initiatives including patient rehabilitation, primary care workforce & infrastructure, apprenticeships, line management training development and flu immunisation. 

She is responsible for supporting the management and co-ordination of the LMS programme, delivering the programme and project management function.           

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  

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Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.