Charlotte was appointed as Consultant Obstetrician & Labour Ward Lead in Swindon in 2015. She is now lead for Governance and Risk, with a significant focus on building a strong perinatal team culture.
In 2017, she co-lead implementation of neoPremQI, a perinatal optimisation care bundle for preterm deliveries. Charlotte played a key role in developing low cost technique for deferred cord clamping (with cord intact stabilisation) at all deliveries.
In the role as one of the PERIPrem obstetric leads, Charlotte will continue to promote perinatal team working (particularly around DCC) to work towards the shared goal of optimisation of preterm outcomes across the region.
Aime’s role is to give a parent’s view on the project and to share her input as someone who has experienced pre-term birth, and to give advice and help when it is needed.
She represents parents across the South West of England.
Pippa is Programme Manager for the the South West Neonatal Network Team, focusing on specific team initiatives and priorities such as reducing avoidable term admissions to neonatal units.
Prior to working for the SW Neonatal Network, Pippa completed a PhD in Public Health at the University of Bristol and gained over years experience as a Senior Research Assoicate managing academic research projects exploring topics such as environment influences on health behaviours and assoications between children’s physical activity and health outcomes
Emma is part of the original team that first put forward the case for optimising MgS04 for neuroprotection. The development of PReCePT was a result of Emma and Karen Luyt’s original QI project at St. Michael’s Hospital.
As National obstetric clinical champion for the PReCePT programme, Emma has supported the roll out of PReCePT in every perinatal team across the country.
Emma is also the lead obstetrician for the PReCePT Study.
Tracey currently works as an Obs and Gynae Consultant in Exeter. For the last 10 years she has been the labour ward lead and obstetric governance lead consultant and has recently become the obstetric safety champion for the trust. Her areas of interest include high risk obstetrics including preterm birth, hence she was keen to become involved in the periprem project.
Wisam trained in Neonatal Medicine in the UK (Northern Ireland and East of England Deaneries). He also did a Neonatal and Paediatric Transport Medicine Fellowship at Hospital for Sick children (Sickkids) Toronto, Canada.
Wisam was a locum consultant neonatologist in Scotland after his return from Canada then joined Derriford Hospital, Plymouth in May 2018 as Consultant Neonatologist.
Aless is a Neonatal GRID Trainee and the PERIPrem Quality Improvement Fellow. She is currently working at St Michael’s Neonatal Unit and is loving looking after the region’s surgical, cardiac and extremely premature neonates.
Within PERIPrem Aless has been involved across the board but has mainly led resource development, including leading on the development of the PERIPrem webinars. Before PERIPrem came along, she had a fear of seeing herself on camera; she says: “there’s nothing like some self-initiated exposure therapy.”
Aless is really excited about the opportunity that PERIPrem offers to effectively and sustainably change practice and save lives, leading the way in practice of this kind within the UK.
Karen Luyt is a clinical-academic neonatologist, based in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care unit, University Hospitals Bristol.
Karen’s laboratory-based research has focused on newborn brain injury. Her clinical research concerns neuroprotection and optimising health outcomes in newborn infants.
She is the national strategic clinical lead for the PReCePT (Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Birth) national implementation programme and chief investigator for the Health Foundation funded PReCePT study.
Leanna Wakely is a former Neonatal parent and Founder of SNUG, a charity that supports and advocates for Neonatal families in the South West of England. Her educational background is in Psychology and Social Sciences, though recently she has undertaken a higher diploma in leadership and strategic management.
Leanna is very passionate about advocating for neonatal parents and has become involved in the PERIPrem project in the capacity of ‘The Service User Voice’.
‘Lived experience of neonatal care brings a different dimension to how we design and deliver successful interventions’
As well as sitting on several working groups, Leanna has also developed international research relating to parent-to-parent support in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) setting with The University of Exeter.
In her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her children.
Sally has a degree in Midwifery and trained in Newcastle but was originally from the South West (Torquay). She has always worked within healthcare, covering many disciplines and roles, including supporting severely disabled people into sustained employment and nurse recruitment/management.
She has been at the South West AHSN working on Maternal and Neonatal based projects, within the Patient Safety Collaborative since 2018. This includes National Maternal and Neonatal Patient Safety Improvement Programme and PReCePT project. She is currently representing the delivery arm of the PERIPrem project for the South West AHSN and is also a volunteer for TEDxExeter.