The research team
Our co-investigators or study team include four national charities or associations that represent women and family interests; a senior obstetrician; two midwives and social scientists, and a senior and international specialist in this safety improvement field. The co-investigator team is supported by a project advisory group that includes seven women who have directly experienced harm in maternity care; senior NHS organisational representatives; clinicians and legal specialists. A study steering team of senior social science and clinical academics and a parent representative monitors and advises on study progress.
Benefits and impact of the study
From our research findings, we will co-design, with our invited stakeholders including women and family representatives filmed and written guidance for frontline staff and for women and families, as well as briefings for service and organisational leads.
The more immediate benefits of the project are co-produced guidance for those involved in harm. The longer-term benefits of the study are to re-energise and sustain a conversation in NHS maternity care about the need for consistent structures and processes of support for families, women, patients and healthcare professionals affected by critical health care incidents.
The study is funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research. It was adopted by ARC South London in November 2019 and will be completed by June 2021.
Meet the team
Professor Jane Sandall
Jane Sandall is a professor of social science and women’s health at King's College London. Jane has a clinical background in midwifery and an academic background in sociology
Dr Mary Adams
Mary Adams is a senior research fellow at King's College London with an academic background in social and medical anthropology. Mary has a clinical background in high-dependency nursing, nurse education and midwifery,
Professor Rick Iedema
Rick Iedema is professor and director of the Centre for Team-based Practice & Learning in Health Care, King's College London.
Professor Alex Heazell
Alex is professor of obstetrics at the University of Manchester and director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre where his research aims to prevent stillbirths and improve care for parents after stillbirth or perinatal death.
Dr Julie Hartley
Julie Hartley is a research associate at King's College London and a social anthropologist by training.
Maureen Treadwell is co-founder of the Birth Trauma Association which is a campaigning and support service for families affected by traumatic childbirth.
Charlotte Bevan is senior research and prevention advisor at Sands where she provides parent and patient experience to work programmes designed to drive down the number of babies who die in the UK.
Maria is programmes director of the charity Birthrights – the UK charity dedicated to improving maternity care through a focus on human rights.