Professor James Walker, Clinical Director
Jimmy is a clinical academic in obstetrics, with particular expertise in patient safety, investigation and clinical governance. His main areas of clinical interest are pre-eclampsia, early pregnancy failure, premature labour and delivery. Before joining us at HSIB, he was the Obstetric Advisor to the National Patient Safety Agency, Chairman of the Confidential Enquires into Maternal and Child Mortality, and National Professional Advisor (NPA) on Maternity to the Care Quality Commission. He brings to HSIB his specialty skills in assessment of patient safety, root cause analysis, incident analysis and service evaluation. Jimmy also works extensively for medical charities, as Medical Director of Action on Pre-eclampsia and the Honorary President of Baby Lifeline Training.
Sandy Lewis, Maternity Programme Director
Sandy joined HSIB in March 2017 as a national investigator. She moved into the role of Associate Director of Maternity Investigations, and later Maternity Programme Director, after the Secretary of State for Health asked HSIB to carry out the work around maternity safety investigations outlined in the Safer Maternity Care action plan. Since then she has successfully overseen the rollout of our maternity investigation programme across 130 NHS trusts in England. Sandy has more than 26 years of healthcare experience, in the NHS and Australia. She started her career as a healthcare assistant and later qualified as a nurse practitioner. The high-risk areas in which she’s worked – including intensive care and theatres, critical care and day surgery – led to an interest in patient safety, quality improvement and patient experience. Prior to joining HSIB she held the post of Associate Director of Nursing at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, where she led the development of patient safety policy and processes. Sandy holds an MSc in Leadership and Service Innovation.
Sonia Barnfield, Clinical Advisor
Sonia is a consultant obstetrician, with clinical interests in maternal medicine (women with pre-existing medical conditions who are pregnant), labour ward care and risk management. She is speciality lead for obstetrics at Southmead Hospital Bristol (part of North Bristol NHS Trust) and is also the consultant lead for clinical governance, chairing the Trust’s clinical risk committee. Sonia’s passions are improving patient safety through learning from events and quality improvement. She is on the PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) faculty and has trained many units in the UK and worldwide. These experiences have led her to taking a lead role as a clinical advisor with HSIB and training maternity investigators. Sonia also has an interest in obstetric care in the developing world and used her expertise to improve the care available to mothers and babies in West Timor and Kenya during a one-year fellowship through the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists and VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) and has since run ‘train the trainers’ courses in Zimbabwe as part of PROMPT.
Chandrima Biswas, Clinical Advisor
Chandrima is an obstetrician and clinical governance lead for women’s health at Whittington Health in London. Previously she has held the posts of Clinical Director at the Trust and obstetric lead for the North Central London Maternity Network. She specialises in high-risk obstetric care. Throughout her career her focus has been on maternal and perinatal safety, and she is excited to extend this to a national role at HSIB. Chandrima is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a former president of the Maternity and Newborn Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Louise Page, Clinical Advisor
Louise brings together her clinical and academic expertise in her role as clinical advisor with us at HSIB. She is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at West Middlesex University Hospital and clinical director of clinical effectiveness and outcomes at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Louise has an academic interest in patient safety, working to create safe systems of care within maternity services, and her clinical areas of interest include intrapartum care.
Katherine Hawes, Head of Maternity Investigations (North)
Katherine is a passionate midwife and an experienced midwifery leader. She offers a wealth of clinical expertise and strategic insight into the understanding and complexities of providing safe and effective care within the NHS. She holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership and a first degree in Midwifery and Woman’s Health. Before joining HSIB in 2018, Katherine held the post of Deputy Regional Maternity Lead for NHS England in the Midlands and East Region. Katherine has significant regional and national experience in undertaking investigations and reviews. These have focused on individual practice and wider maternity services, with the aim of driving improvement in safety for women and babies.
Lisa Marshall, Head of Maternity Investigations (South)
Lisa qualified as a general nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1991. She has a varied career in practice across a number of trusts, most recently as Head of Nursing and Director of Midwifery at North Bristol NHS Trust. Lisa is experienced in research, with a focus on maternity quality and safety, and has a master’s degree in organisational development and leadership.
Lisa Manning, Midwifery Clinical Advisor (Midlands and East)
Lisa is dual registered as an adult nurse and midwife. She joined HSIB from NHS England where she was deputy regional maternity lead for midlands and east. Previously she has worked across all areas of midwifery and held the position of deputy head of midwifery at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. She has a particular interest in education and here she helped to establish human factors training and ran the mandatory training schedule for midwives. Lisa holds a master’s degree in health and medical education.
Amanda Morgan, Midwifery Clinical Advisor (South)
Amanda is a qualified midwife with over 16 years of experience across all areas of midwifery. She is passionate about safety, safeguarding and quality improvement in maternity care, which has been a thread throughout her career to date. The wide range of community and hospital-based positions she has held include ward manager, supervisor of midwives, safeguarding supervisor and patient safety team leader. Using her skills in leadership and service development, in a previous role Amanda designed and implemented an infant feeding support programme, including recruitment of support workers and setting up infant feeding drop-in sessions to support new mothers. Amanda has completed the lean for leaders training programme at the Virginia Mason Institute.
Helen Smith, Midwifery Clinical Advisor (North)
Helen is a qualified midwife passionate about delivering safe, personalised and evidence-based care. She is an advocate for offering women an informed choice when it comes to maternity services. In her last role as a consultant midwife at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Helen developed a birth choices clinic for women seeking care outside of usual clinical guidance – for example supporting women to plan a home birth when they don’t fit the usual low risk criteria to be offered this option. She has previously worked as a delivery suite coordinator and birth centre lead. Helen holds an MSc in Advanced Practice and is a newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) trained midwife. She has also volunteered in Africa, where she worked with midwives and birth attendants to improve midwifery care.