Sascha Wells-Munro

13 - 14 July 2020
Manchester Central


  Sascha Wells-Munro

Sascha Wells-Munro

, , NHS Improvement , Maternity Improvement Adviser

Sascha Wells-Munro has recently been appointed as a Maternity Improvement Advisor at NHSI in April 2018. Prior to this appointment Sascha was the Director of Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay 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. Sascha 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 postgraduate 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 seven 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. 

Sascha 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 appointed the first two midwives with this title in the country, a post which is showing real benefit to women and fellow midwives alike. 

Sascha is a strong advocate of continuity of carer and 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. 

Sascha has been involved in national taskforce work for the development of the Model for Supervision as well as contributing 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. 

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