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Five midwives invest in the future of London midwives

07 July 2005

Five London midwives have successfully completed a new leadership programme which has been set up to invest in the future of midwifery in the capital.

Sandra Vaughan, from North Middlesex Hospital; Victoria Ozanne, from the Royal Free Hospital; Judy Pickersgill and Dorothy Web from Barnet and chase Farm Hospitals, and Pat Johns from University College London Hospitals, were the first five in the UK to complete the pilot scheme. The programme was commissioned by the North Central London Strategic Health Authority and run by Salomons’ Centre for Leadership and Management Development (CLMD), part of Canterbury Christ Church University College. The programme was set up last September in response to the Strategic Health Authority’s concern that the area had a poor track record of growing its own Heads of Midwifery. Ten months later and the results of the programme have been outstanding.

Programme Director, Sally Cray, of Salomons’ CLMD, at Canterbury Christ Church University College, said: “These five midwives plan to take forward their vision and recruit other colleagues to join them. The legacy of the programme is a group of determined midwives who want to create a North Central London network to work on practical issues such as a common antenatal pathway and implement the national service framework in a more coordinated way. There is certainly no shortage of common issues to get stuck into and this small group are deteremined to make a difference by working together.”

As a result of the programme each midwife has a clear career goal that they are well on the way to achieving

Pat Johns one of the midwives states:

“I’m really determined to become a Head of Midwifery. I’m excited by the challenge and particularly enjoy developing people. The course enabled me to network with my colleagues to improve practice and service for our clients.” (Pat Johns, University College Hospitals)

Notes to Editor

Sandra Vaughan, from North Middlesex Hospital; Victoria Ozanne, from the Royal Free Hospital; Judy Pickersgill and Dorothy Web from Barnet and chase Farm Hospitals, and Pat Johns from University College London Hospitals, were the first five in the UK to complete the pilot scheme. The programme was commissioned by the North Central London Strategic Health Authority and run by Salomons’ Centre for Leadership and Management Development (CLMD), part of Canterbury Christ Church University College. The programme was set up last September in response to the Strategic Health Authority’s concern that the area had a poor track record of growing its own Heads of Midwifery. Ten months later and the results of the programme have been outstanding.

Programme Director, Sally Cray, of Salomons’ CLMD, at Canterbury Christ Church University College, said: “These five midwives plan to take forward their vision and recruit other colleagues to join them. The legacy of the programme is a group of determined midwives who want to create a North Central London network to work on practical issues such as a common antenatal pathway and implement the national service framework in a more coordinated way. There is certainly no shortage of common issues to get stuck into and this small group are deteremined to make a difference by working together.”

As a result of the programme each midwife has a clear career goal that they are well on the way to achieving

Pat Johns one of the midwives states:

“I’m really determined to become a Head of Midwifery. I’m excited by the challenge and particularly enjoy developing people. The course enabled me to network with my colleagues to improve practice and service for our clients.” (Pat Johns, University College Hospitals)

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