I joined the RCOG in 2015, following completion of my PhD and a number of academic roles in health services research. I initially worked on the Clinical Indicators report for maternity, which was the precursor to the successful NMPA bid. Following a return from my first round of maternity leave, I rejoined the ‘new’ NMPA as a Research Fellow and stayed with the team until July 2022, when I switched position to my current Head of Projects role. This role sees me involved in the wider portfolio of audit, evaluation and research projects within the Clinical Quality team and is a position I’m really enjoying.
I have always had an interest in maternity research, and am particularly passionate in ensuring the voices of those with lived experience are included in the work of the NMPA and the other projects within the Clinical Quality department here at the College.
Whilst I have slightly less day-to-day involvement in the NMPA now, I still feel very much part of the team and can be seen at various meetings and contributing to work that the audit produces. I am grateful to the NMPA team, as well as the stakeholders and lived experience experts who I’ve worked with on this programme and am looking forward to seeing the successes that come with the new contract over the next few years.