Shared Professional Decision-Making Council of the Chief Midwifery Officer

The national shared professional decision-making council of the Chief Midwifery Officer (CMidO) brings together a number of point of care midwives from a variety of clinical and practice backgrounds across the system and come. Discussing and debating the relevant professional, clinical and operational matters that are important to its members and to their colleagues; the council provides real time, point of care advice to support the CMidO.

The national shared professional decision-making council of the CMidO with its strong clinical focus harnesses existing collective and non-hierarchical leadership principles, to bring a different lens to provide insight and to advise and inform the CMidO around work that will be required to move forwards, from the emergency pandemic situation. Examples of discussions include how in response to Covid-19, new ways of working clinically, operationally or in terms of governance are being developed.

Members have been nominated by two Heads of Midwifery in each region to embody a wide geographical spread, whilst ensuring that both rural and city Trusts are represented.  Members reflect the diversity of the professions and a student midwife is a council member too.

The Shared Professional Decision-Making Council of the CMidO was established on 17 August 2020 and currently meets monthly.


Benash Nazmen, Specialist Cultural Liaison Midwife (Bolton NHS Foundation Trust) – Chair
Amanda Anderson, Practice Development Midwife (The Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust) – Deputy Chair
Alicia Burnett, Student Midwife (University of West London)
Clair Barker, Community Lead Midwife (East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust)
Claire Scott, Midwife (Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust)
Helen Money, Delivery Suite Co-ordinator (Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust)
Judith Brown, Midwife (Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust)
Kelly Sawyer, Deputy Consultant Midwife (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust)
Kim Parkinson, Midwife (Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust)
Natalie Burdett, Midwife (Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
Nayol Santos, Community Midwife and Clinical Lead for Choice and Personalisation (Whittington Health NHS Trust & North Central London)
Rachel Mavers, Community Midwife Team Leader (Liverpool’s Women’s NHS Foundation Trust)
Sophie Richardson, Continuity of Carer Midwife (University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust)
Tanwa Ogbara, Antenatal Clinic Lead and Research Midwife (Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust)
Zeba Ismaeljibai, Midwife (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust)

The Chair and Deputy Chair roles of the council were self-nominated and then ratified and meeting topics are proposed by council members. The Maternity Team can be contacted on for any queries or further information.

The Nursing and Midwifery COVID-19 Catalogue of Change will be continually updated with new case studies, led by council members as they meet, discuss and agree shared learning and experiences aligned to the pandemic.