Maternity Safety Conference 2021

9th September 2021
Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

Co-Headline Sponsors

Our Speakers

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Chief Inspector of Hospitals, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Charlotte Bevan

Charlotte Bevan

Senior Research and Prevention Adviser at SANDS.

Denise Chaffer

Dr Denise Chaffer

Director of Safety and Learning at NHS Resolution, registered nurse and midwife.

Baroness Julia Cumberlege

Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE

Member of the House of Lords, Chair of the National Maternity Review (Report: Better Births).

Mary Dixon-Woods

Prof. Mary Dixon-Woods

Director of THIS Institute, The Health Foundation Professor of Healthcare Improvement Studies in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge.

Liam Donaldson

Sir Liam Donaldson

Patient Safety Envoy, World Health Organization.

Dr Christine Ekechi

Dr Christine Ekecki

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and RCOG Spokesperson for Racial Equality.

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Dr Matthew Jolly

National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health, Acute Medical Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Bill Kirkup

Dr Bill Kirkup CBE

Honorary President, Baby Lifeline. Chair, Morecambe Bay Investigation Chair, East Kent Maternity Services Investigation.


Sara Ledger

Head of Research and Development, Baby Lifeline.


Dr Alison Wright

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Royal Free Hospital.

Jeremy Hunt

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt

MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, and Founder of Patient Safety Watch.

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Prof. Marian Knight

Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, University of Oxford.


Shaun Lintern

Health Correspondent at the Independent.

Mr Edward Morris

Mr Edward Morris

President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chair of Baby Lifeline’s Multi-Professional Advisory Panel.

Nadine Montgomery

Nadine Montgomery

Law Graduate and Maternity Rights Campaigner.

Sarah Noble

Sarah Noble

Head of Midwifery at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.


Donna Ockenden

Honorary President, Baby Lifeline. Midwife, Nurse and Healthcare Leader, Chair of the Independent Investigation into  Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.

Dr Gloria Rowland

Dr. Gloria Rowland

Chief Nurse for the NHS in South West London.

Emeritus Professor James Walker

Prof. James Walker

Honorary President, Baby Lifeline Training Clinical Director for Maternity Investigations, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch.


Gill Walton

Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives.

Sascha Wells-Munro, OBE

Sascha Wells-Munro OBE

Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for England: Maternity Safety and Quality Improvement.

Our second annual conference brought together maternity professionals, system leaders, subject specialists, and patients and families. It presented the latest evidence on the safety of maternity care today, shared examples of positive improvement and best practice, and delegates heard from senior leaders about the next steps in the national maternity safety programme.

Key Topics

  • Learning from Health and Social Care Committee Maternity Inquiry.
  • The next steps towards achieving the national ambition in maternity
  • Woman-centred care: promoting choice, personalisation, and parent engagement
  • The Seven Features of Safe Maternity Care researched by THIS Institute.
  • Reducing inequality and improving outcome.
  • A global perspective of patient safety progress.
  • The national picture of maternity safety – learning from key national organisations (including, the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, NHS Resolution, and MBRRACE-UK)
  • Learning from the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Patient-driven change: improving informed consent

“A great day throughout, excellent education and learning opportunities.”

Delegate from the National Maternity Safety Conference 2020

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