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Meet a few of your RBH advocates

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey

Head of Midwifery

I am responsible for operational management of the maternity services, ensuring safe midwifery staffing, operational flow to deliver key performance and safety requirements. I work closely with the Director of Midwifery to deliver workforce planning and development. I am part of the senior maternity team to develop the service and solve complex operational problems. I work closely with the MVP team to understand the needs and gain the voice of service users in the development of maternity services.

Leila Rushamba

Leila Rushamba

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

I am a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at RBFT and have been resident and working in the local community since 2014

I am one of the founder and committee member of TUHEDA (Tanzania UK Healthcare Diaspora Association). This is a registered charitable organisation with the aim of improving knowledge, health and wellbeing of Tanzanians living both within and outside the UK.

In addition to my regular duties, I have a role looking after women/birthing people who are refugees, asylum seekers, trafficked, undocumented migrants seeking sanctuary in UK, and those affected with FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).

I am dedicated and passionate about reducing inequalities of access, experience and outcome across Maternity care by empowering service users especially those from Black and other ethnic backgrounds. By engaging with these communities, we aim for these women to share their voices through the MNVP and become instrumental in changing services for wider benefit.

I want to work closely with the MNVP to support them to reach out to women/birthing people from black and other ethnic backgrounds, to raise awareness with the ultimate goal in improving community engagement of this group with MNVP.

Louise Perkins

Louise Perkins

Consultant Midwife

A Consultant Midwife is a senior midwife role, with 4 elements to my job - clinical practice, consultancy and leadership, education and practice development and research and service development. My clinical role involves seeing women in pregnancy who have complex emotional, psychological or physical needs for their pregnancy or birth or who are considering choosing care we wouldn’t usually recommend for them.

I work very closely with the MVP, on everything from our quality improvement projects to communicating information via our social media pages. I love that we are ‘critical friends’ to one another and the MVP help us to provide the very best service we can to our women and their families.

Christine Harding

Christine Harding

Director of Midwifery

I support women and midwives with complex birth planning and seek to make improvements to pathways of care which increase women’s experiences and promote safe outcomes.
I lead service improvement projects and link very closely with MVP to make sure that they are in true co-production with service users. The best thing about the MVP is how they help us to access women’s views and opinions.

Georgie Roberts

Georgie Roberts

Level 4 Lead Midwife

I am the lead midwife for Maternity level4 Iffley and Marsh wards

My role links with the MVP in developing the services we offer to the families we provide care for. We are working towards transforming our wards with the support and guidance of the MVP.

The best thing about the MVP is the feedback is real and honest. It gives me the opportunity to make the wards the very best it can be by listening to the people that matter most- the families we provide care for.

Tony Lloyd

Tony Lloyd

Public Governor and Chair of PPG Forum

I’m the Lead governor of the Trust
I work with the Royal Berkshire MVP in an Advisory capacity and Liaison role
The best thing about the MVP is the transparency and openness of the meetings and the reach into the service users.

Rayanne Bonney Napper

Rayanne Bonney Napper

Infant Feeding Lead

I lead both the Infant Feeding and Birth Reflections service at the RBH.

My job involves training staff and I’m the lead with the drive towards BFI Accreditation. I also provide specialist feeding support and tongue tie division. Part of my role is to offer women an opportunity to debrief their birth stories with a specialist midwife.

The most important thing about the MVP is to provide feedback from service users to inform and influence future practice.

Work with MVP to improve services by communicating themes from women’s stories which focus social media surveys and communication. This helps the maternity services identify issues and adapt to improve childbirth experience. The best thing about the MVP is they enable families to evaluate and improve practice by highlighting the needs of birthing people through formal channels and forums. MVP provides service users with channels of communication so that maternity care can be responsive and continually improve

Jeanne Nicholls

Jeanne Nicholls

Patient Lead

I’m a Patient Leader at RBH
I’m involved in both patient facing and strategic work. I have a long standing interest in women’s health, especially in and around maternity
Both my grandchildren were born at RBH. The scope and consistency of work of the MVP is important and impressive
I’m a founder member of SANDS having been a Trustee and National Chair.

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