Maternity Improvement Advisor at NHSI.
Former Director of Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
Sascha has been a midwife since 1995, qualifying and working within the West Midlands. She has worked in many areas of midwifery, both in hospital and community as well as being part of a case loading team in 1996 following the publication of Changing Childbirth. She has also worked as an agency midwife in many organisations to broaden and strengthen her clinical competency and knowledge as a midwife.
Sascha was appointed a supervisor of midwives in 2004 and completed her post graduate certificate at master’s level in Advanced Midwifery Practice in 2011 whilst in post as maternity matron at Nottingham University Hospitals.
Sascha joined UHMBT in May 2011 at a time when maternity services were under extensive regulatory review and scrutiny due to failures in service and care provision which sadly resulted in several maternal and neonatal deaths.
Over the last 7 years Sascha led UHMBT Maternity Services from special measures through extensive and much needed transformation and change, which in 2017 resulted in CQC rating maternity services across Morecambe Bay as GOOD.
Sascha also led her exceptional teams to engage with and listen to what women and families really want and need for maternity services, which informed the design and underpinned the transformation of Maternity Services at UHMBT. She is an advocate and facilitator of co-design and co-production of services believing that women and families as well as front line staff are the best people to shape and design change and improvement in maternity services.
Sascha and the senior midwifery team were successful in many national bids to improve the service, one of which the Maternity Communication Project is available from NHSE as a national tool for all maternity services.
Sascha has a passion for supporting women to achieve a safe active birth and has appointed the first two midwives in the UK to lead this; a post which is showing real benefit to women and fellow midwives alike.
As a strong advocate of continuity of carer, Sascha promotes and facilitates this approach to delivery of maternity care to support women and midwives to experience the positive benefits of this model of care.
Having been involved in national taskforce work for the development of the Model for Supervision, Sascha has also contributed to the Better Births agenda following the publication of the National Maternity Review.
Sascha’s new role is one of three across the England for NHSI and is predominantly to support maternity services across the country that requires significant change and improvement. This is to enable and facilitate change and developments to meet the CQC requirements for a GOOD rating in each of the five domains, but specifically safe and well led.