Health and Care’s Top 70 Stars

Cathy Atherton

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comms | 8 months ago | in Health and Care's Top 70 Stars

Cathy started her NHS career in 1976 and has worked continuously in the NHS as both a nurse and midwife. Having worked in a number of trusts, progressing from a junior midwife working in both hospitals and community, to her current role of Divisional Midwifery and Nursing Director, leading maternity services, neonatal services and gynaecology services at Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Cathy has significantly developed maternity services over her years as a midwifery leader; directly benefitting women, babies and families.  She has personally led projects that have improved access for vulnerable women and families, enabling safer care to be delivered. She has established midwife led services, including setting up a midwifery led unit to offer more choice for women around place of birth. This unit has recently been recognised by the Midwifery Unit Network as a beacon site; making Lancashire Teaching Hospitals just one of three NHS hospitals in the country to be awarded this status, thanks to Cathy’s dedication to the success of the unit for patients.  Cathy is an exceptional midwife and advocate for women and midwives. She also has a strategic profile in maternity services both nationally and locally, influencing maternity services of the future.

As a midwifery leader, Cathy has led her profession in an inspirational and compassionate manner. She has instilled the Chief Nursing Officer’s vison and values in her teams, encouraging the 6C’s in practice. She has worked on the Better Training, Better Births project alongside two other trusts to improve skills training and understanding of human factors leading to improved safety for mothers and their babies.

Cathy has developed a supportive, team working culture for midwives and the broader maternity team. Cathy is consistently described as an inspirational leader by her peers. As Cathy comes to the end of her exemplary career, the work she has led has left a lasting legacy for midwives and midwifery.

 

Ailsa Brotherton 7 months ago

It is a privilege to work alongside Cathy who is not only leading amazing work in midwifery; Cathy is providing superb support to other areas as we adopt quality improvement methodologies across the Trust

Amy Buckingham 7 months ago

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