Women and children

Women and children is one of six National Programmes of Care (NPoCs) overseeing the commissioning of specialised and highly specialised services.

The role of the NPoC is to provide leadership and oversight of the development and delivery of a comprehensive work programme that achieves demonstrable improvements in the quality, equity, value and outcomes of commissioned specialised services.

It consists of the following clinical reference groups:

CRGs provide clinical advice and leadership on the specialised services in the women and children NPoC. These groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.

Chair and membership of the Women and Children Programme of Care Steering Group

Chair and National Programme of Care Clinical Lead: Professor Simon Kenny, National Clinical Director and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

  • Senior National Programme of Care Manager: Anthony Prudhoe
  • National Programme of Care Manager: Freddie Drew
  • National Programme of Care Manager: Katie Jones
  • National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health: Matthew Jolly
  • Commissioning Managers Highly Specialised: Bernie Stocks and Joan Ward
  • Head of Engagement, Specialised Commissioning: Keri Lewis
  • Regional Medical Director of Commissioning Health and Justice: Matthew Day
  • Regional Medical Director of Commissioning: Rob Sherwin
  • Public Health Leads: Jacqui Lindo and Nevila Kallfa
  • Quality Surveillance Team Lead: Ann Butler
  • Pharmacy Team: Heather Weaver
  • Programme of Care Patient and Public Voice member: Nicki Burnett
  • Programme of Care Patient and Public Voice member: Peter Moore


Contact us at: england.npoc-womenandchildren@nhs.net