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Louise MasonLodge
Senior Responsible Officer (SRO)

Louise MasonLodge

Louise is the Interim Director of Nursing and Quality and the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding in North Cumbria CCG. Louise has recently taken on the role of SRO for West North East Cumbria LMS.

Louise trained as a nurse and health visitor and completed her Masters in Research in Clinical Practice. Louise has worked in a variety of leadership, clinical and partnership roles in acute, community and primary care services. Louise is passionate about quality, safety and safeguarding and ensuring that women and babies of North Cumbria are at the heart of our maternity services.

Andy Beeby
LMS Senior Responsible Officer

Andy is Medical Director and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is the Senior Responsible Officer for the NTWND LMS.

Sandra Guise
Maternity Voices Partnership Representative

I’m Sandra, I live in Ennerdale, on the west coast of Cumbria. My three children were born at West Cumberland Hospital. I have been involved in varying ways and in different projects relating the service user/ family perspective in maternity and children’s services, on and off over several years.  I have been actively involved since the launch of Better Births in 2016 in formation of local Maternity Voices Partnership Groups, these have expanded opportunities to be involved and make a positive difference locally in maternity. Involvement is maturing now into Co production at many levels, normalising the service user voice being an expected part of all maternity service improvement and development. Maternity is such an important and influential time in a woman s/ birthing person’s life, and their partner/ family’s life.   It is vital that we strive to ensure that all local voices have a safe space to be heard, particularly those from groups who experience poorer outcomes. I’m currently Chair of West Cumbria Maternity Voices Partnership Group (MVP) and Chair of the Carlisle & Eden MVP.  As MVP Chair I sit on the West North East Cumbria Local Maternity System (LMS) Board ensuring that service user voices are represented at the strategic level.  I am one of three Co-Chairs of the Maternity Engagement group (MEG) that covers North Cumbria and the Northeast, one lay Chair for each LMS. We act as a lay link between the local LMS board and MEG. I’m a founding committee member of National Maternity Voices, which is the national group of Maternity Voices Partnerships in England, and an NHS Peer Mentor for MVP Chairs.

Kathryn Hardy
LMS Programme Lead NTWD and DTHRW/DTHRW LMS Acting Senior Responsible Officer

I have had a long and happy career working within the NHS. I became a Registered General Nurse back in 1987 then I became a Registered Midwife in 1991. My Midwifery career has provided me with many opportunities and I have been able to undertake a number of differing roles. I have worked in both hospital and community midwifery settings and I have many years experience delivering women at home, in water and to empower women to have the birth of their choice. I am privileged to have had a breadth of experience within the health service such as Quality and Governance lead, Modern Matron and my current role across the North East as Local Maternity System Programme Lead. Although my current role is no longer patient facing,  due to the experience I have gained I feel well placed to lead on new initiatives to ensure the families across the North East receive maternity care which is safe, of the highest quality and most importantly family focused. I work with some incredible people who are passionate about improving the health of women and babies across the region it’s a pleasure to come to work.

Nicola Jackson
LMS Programme Lead

I am Nicola, I have two grown up daughters who also work for the NHS.  I am the Programme Management Lead for the West North East Cumbria Local Maternity System (LMS) and responsible for the delivery of the Better Births Programme.  I work closely with a wide range of colleagues in North Cumbria Midwifery Service, our Maternity Voices Partnerships and others across the regional so that we can deliver the best possible services for women, babies and their families.    I am passionate about delivering the best NHS services for babies, children, young people and families.

Naomi Tinnion
LMS Admnistrator

My name is Naomi Tinnion and I provide admin support to the DTHRW and NTWD LMS’s for 50% of my time.  For the other 50% I support the Maternity Clinical Network.  My main role is to support the team with the setting up of meetings, taking notes and producing minutes, the circulation and sharing of information across the LMS areas and anything else required to keep things running smoothly.  If you would like to meet with a member of the team or have a question to ask please get in touch – [email protected]

Sarah Wall
Maternity Voices Partnership Representative

As a mum of 3 I recognise the huge impact maternity care can have. I work with the Maternity Voices Partnerships from each of our hospitals and our maternity service in the North East to make sure that the voice of women and their families is heard and at the centre of all decision making. It is my aim that all women and families have equal and excellent maternity care that is personalised to their needs.

Abi Witherden
Maternity Voices Partnership Representative

I’m the Lay Representative for DTHRW LMS, co-chair of the Maternity Engagement Group and co-chair of South Tees Maternity Voices Partnership based at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where my third child was born. I’m interested in promoting all aspects of maternal choice, making information more easily accessible and enabling maternity service users to understand and own their experiences of maternity. I volunteer with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers as a marker on their Mother Supporter course and as a Breastfeeding Counsellor on the National Breastfeeding Helpline and admin a Teesside breastfeeding support group with over 2500 members.