Maternity Network members include obstetricians, midwives, and a wide variety of other professionals who use their expert knowledge and experience to review a wide range of services relating to maternity care provision in the North East and North Cumbria.

The main discussion forum in which the Network comes together in order to discuss and set policy is the Maternity Clinical Advisory Group.

Primary objectives for the Maternity Network are:

  • To enable the development and maintenance of optimal healthcare services in the North East and North Cumbria for mothers, their partners, babies and children, based on the principles of sustainability, efficiency, and the provision of the highest possible quality of care.
  • Reduce unnecessary variations in quality of care and outcomes.
  • To improve the general health of pregnant women.
  • To provide the best possible consultant and midwife-led care.
  • To ensure that critically ill newborn babies are provided with care that gives them the best opportunity for improved morbidity and mortality, and optimal quality outcomes.

The Maternity Clinical Advisory Group

This group is well established as it existed in a similar form as the Maternity Clinical Innovation Team set up in 2008 (after the Lord Darzi review) and benefits from retaining the involvement of senior clinical leaders from across the healthcare system in the area.

The purpose of the group is to ensure the provision of the highest possible standard of safe, effective care to women and their babies/families, by reducing unnecessary variation in outcomes and optimising the quality and standardisation of care across provider organisations and individual clinicians within the Network.


Network Manager:

Suzanne Thompson

Maternity Clinical Leads:

  • Maternity- Dr Stephen Sturgiss
  • Midwifery – Anne Holt
  • Community Maternity and Child Health – Debbie Wade