Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) is pleased to welcome three new consultants in maternity and announce the appointment of Joanne Hayward as head of midwifery.
Joanne was appointed interim head of midwifery at NDHT in September 2018 and has now been appointed to the post of head of midwifery following a recruitment process.
Joanne has over 25 years of healthcare experience, including as a community midwife, team leader, specialist midwife in substance misuse and complex care, and safeguarding midwife. She has also worked at Musgrove Park in Taunton as their maternity matron for community and birthing centres.
As head of midwifery, Joanne is responsible for implementing the recommendations from Better Births, the national strategy that will shape the maternity services of the future. She is also leading the launch of a new model of care that focusses on providing continuity of care for women, ensuring they can get to know the midwife who will support their delivery.
Darryn Allcorn, chief nurse at NDHT, said: “The maternity service has taken some really positive steps forward, and it’s great that Joanne will be continuing the work she has been doing to enhance the service and ensure we are delivering excellent care to women and their families.”
Joanne said: “I am delighted that I will be continuing work on the developments in maternity. The team have been fantastic, and I am enjoying working alongside such hardworking and dedicated staff, who all have an incredible passion for delivering safe and high quality care.
“Our new model of care is all about providing a women-centred service that aims to deliver better outcomes and a better experience for women, their babies and their families. There is more work to be done, but I’m looking forward to launching this soon.”
Three consultants join the team
The Trust has also welcomed three new consultants in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Dr Louisa Manning, Dr Simon Tarsha and Dr Lisa Knight are working across northern Devon and Exeter in shared roles with NDHT and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E). As well as growing the team of consultants at NDDH, this brings additional expertise in outpatient hysteroscopy, fertility services, governance and teaching/simulation to North Devon.
Professor Adrian Harris, medical director at NDHT and the RD&E, said: “It is no secret that the NHS is facing recruitment challenges nationally, and this is all the more challenging when it comes to running the most remote hospital in mainland UK.
“By taking a different approach to creating really attractive posts for senior doctors, we can ensure that our staff have fulfilling careers and our services are more resilient. This is an example of the joined-up way we are working as part of the collaborative agreement between NDHT and the RD&E, for the benefit of our local communities.”