Maternity Improvement Advisor at NHSI.
Former Director of Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
Sascha Wells-Munro is currently one of three Maternity Improvement Advisors at NHSI/E, working to support maternity services across England that face challenges and require significant transformation and improvement. Prior to this she was the Director of Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT.
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 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 7 years in post at UHMBT Sascha led 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 led and facilitated her exceptional teams to engage with and listen to what women and families really want and need for maternity services, which has informed the design and underpinned all the transformation of Maternity Services at UHMBT.
Sascha is an advocate and facilitator of co-design and co-production of services believing that women and families as well as all front-line staff are the best people to shape and design change and improvement in maternity services. She is also a strong believer in inclusive leadership working to support midwives and maternity support workers to work at their fullest potential in a fair and innovative way, ensuring the safety of mothers and families they care for, but for themselves and their fellow colleagues, always.
Sascha has a passion for supporting women to achieve a safe active birth and is a passionate midwife. She also believes that midwifery must remain a distinct profession to ensure that women and families continue to receive the high quality, safe maternity care that midwives, and maternity support workers provide alongside their other professional colleagues as part of a multi-professional team.
Sascha has been involved in several national projects the most recent being contributing to the development of the New Midwifery Standards for education with the Nursing and Midwifery council known as the future midwife project. Sascha is a member of the NMC Midwifery Panel, an RCM Board Member and was appointed as a member of the Multi-Professional Advisory Panel for Baby Life Line in April 2019.