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Prompt Maternity

Speakers 2nd & 3rd March 2017

Professor Mary Dixon-Woods FAcSS FMedSci , RAND Professor of Health Services Research, Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research

A Fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences, Mary Dixon-Woods is RAND Professor of Health Services Research at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. As Director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, she leads a programme of research focused on patient safety and healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She holds positions as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, an honorary professor at the University of Leicester, and a visiting adjunct professor at Dartmouth College. She was, in 2012, one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. She served on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, which produced the Berwick report in 2013.  She is currently serving on the review of information technology in the NHS led by Professor Bob Wachter. She was one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award. Characteristically using mixed-methods approaches, her work focuses on evaluation of quality and safety improvement interventions and programmes, culture and behaviour in health systems, and regulation and governance of health research and care. She has special interests in the ethics of quality and safety and in the development of novel methods for conducting health services research.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Head of Maternity, Children & Young People for NHS England

Jacqueline is Head of Maternity, Children & Young People at NHS England. She has vast experience in healthcare provision and has worked as a nurse and a midwife and held senior positions in education, leadership and management. She is visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University and continues to work clinically as a midwife at St Mary’s Hospital.

Jacqueline is a member of the British Journal of Midwifery Editorial Board and a Council Member of the Maternity and Newborn Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine. Jacqueline has been appointed as Midwifery Advisor and trustee for the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and in 2014 she had the privilege of receiving the HSJ, BME Pioneers award and has been recognised in the 2015 Nursing Times’ Leaders awards. In more recent times, Jacqueline has joined the Women of the Year management committee.


Tim Draycott, MD, BSc, MBBS, MRCOG, is a Consultant at Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol.

Professor Draycott trained in London and the south west of England with valuable time spent working in France, Sweden and South Africa. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital since 2002 and a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow since 2012.  

He jointly developed the obstetric training programme: the PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) course prepares unit level staff to improve their management of intrapartum emergencies and has been associated with significant improvements in clinical outcomes to some of the lowest rates in the global literature, particularly hypoxia and brachial plexus injuries.

The programme and its improvement tools have been recognised by prizes from NHS Innovations, NICE, and the BMJ. He was also awarded Hospital Doctor of the Year for his intrapartum emergencies work. He has been recognised as a NHS Hero, and in 2014 he and the PROMPT team were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence, followed by the International Prize for Resilience in Healthcare in 2016. 

Jane Boag B. App Sc (OT), Grad Dip Community Health, GAICD

Since beginning her career as a clinician in Victoria, Australia , Jane has held a variety of senior and executive roles in health and related fields in which she has demonstrated her focus on positive client experiences and strong business performance outcomes. Her understanding of risk management is the focus of her current role at VMIA (Victoria medical insurance agency) as Senior Risk Consultant. As part of her role she has overseen the roll out of PROMPT into 31 Victorian public hospitals and manages these relationships to support the sustainability of the program.

Dr Corinne Love   MD FRCOG

Corinne is Senior Medical Officer for Scottish Government covering maternity and women’s health, appointed in May 2016. She has been a Consultant Obstetrician at Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health (SCRH), Edinburgh since 2004, with subspecialist accreditation and an ongoing clinical commitment in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. Corinne is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer with Edinburgh University.

Her interest in patient safety and improvement work led to appointment as National Obstetric Lead for the Maternity strand of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (MCQIC), Maternity and Children’s Quality Improvement Collaborative 2013-16, qualification as an IHI Improvement Advisor (2013) and member of the NHS England Women’s Health Patient Safety Expert Group.

Corinne’s Senior Medical Officer role includes Vice Chair of the Strategic Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services in Scotland, member of the UK maternal, newborn and infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme – the process for confidential enquiries into maternal, newborn and infant deaths and severe morbidity run by MBRRACE-UK. She chairs the Scottish Government stillbirth working group and is a member of the Each Baby Counts, Independent Advisory Group.

Julian Thompson, Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at North Bristol NHS Trust, Research Lead for the Severn Major Trauma Network, Critical Care Doctor for the Great Western Air Ambulance and Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Julian trained in Oxford and London, completed a doctorate in hypoxia and genetics at University College London and was Executive Director of London’s Air Ambulance from 2011-15. He is Deputy Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine and his ongoing research interests include pre hospital critical care, major trauma and wilderness medicine.

Julian has served with the British Army in Afghanistan and undertaken mountaineering and exploratory expeditions to the Arctic and Greater Ranges, including reaching the summit of Mount Everest.

Charlotte Leslie Member of Parliament

Charlotte Leslie was raised and grew up in Bristol, and has been the MP for Bristol North West since 2010. She went to school in the constituency before studying classics at Balliol College, Oxford. Before entering politics, Charlotte had a variety of different experience – from working in the charitable sector, to tutoring children, to sports coaching, to television production. She went into politics co-authoring the report 'More Good School Places' for the Think Tank 'Policy Exchange', which first made the case for the Government's policy of the 'pupil premium'. After this, she worked as Special Adviser to then Shadow Education Secretary, David Willetts.

As well as her local campaigns focusing mainly on rail, schools, and sport, Charlotte’s parliamentary work has centred around proposals for a Royal College of Teaching and her campaign for greater accountability and better patient safety in the NHS. In 2011, she presented a Bill to Parliament calling for the NHS to be exempt from the European Working Time Directive. In the last parliament she was a member of the Education and Health Select Committees and since June 2015 she has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for International Development. She is also a Vice Chair of the Conservative Middle East Council, and travels widely in the region.

 Outside of politics, Charlotte’s interests include surfing, swimming, boxing, art and Bob Dylan.