Team and Clinical Leads 


Katy Morley

Clinical Advisor, Perinatal Mental Health

Katy is a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse and Team Manager with the Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Liaison Team, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, which provides a service to women and families living in the Hull, East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire area. Katy qualified as a mental health nurse in 2002; she has extensive experience working with unwell, vulnerable and at risk patients including those that attend A&E in crisis and are cared for within an inpatient setting. Katy accepted a lead role in the development and set up of the perinatal mental health liaison team in 2010, at the time one of the few PMH teams in the country. Katy’s role was pivotal in an ambitious programme of expansion of services in the Hull, East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire area following investment from NHS England community service development fund. Katy chairs the Yorkshire and Humber (Y&H) PMH Network Steering Group and Learning Collaborative and represents Y&H on National PMH groups. Katy has been involved in regional and national conferences and is a contributing author to the well-known book “Another Twinkle in the Eye” a key text about experiencing perinatal mental illness from a patient’s viewpoint.


Hilary Farrow

Quality Improvement Manager

Hilary’s role involves collaborative working with commissioners, providers, local maternity systems and other key stakeholders in the development of maternity services and in alignment with the Maternity Transformation Programme. Her aspiration is to support colleagues to commission and provide a high-quality maternity service for the women, families and the staff providing maternity care in Yorkshire & the Humber. Hilary has previously worked in maternity services at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a midwife and has experience in all areas of midwifery practice. Her previous role as a Maternity Risk Manager and Supervisor of Midwives involved quality assurance, clinical governance, clinical audit and peer reviews. Her passion for improving services has supported her role as Quality Improvement Manager for the Y&H Maternity Clinical Network and is the Y&H Maternity Safety Lead. She has provided expertise and leadership to develop a Y&H Maternity Dashboard, Y&H Stillbirth and Bereavement Care Recommendations as well as supporting the work programme areas and safer maternity care projects. Her national involvement includes being a member of the working groups for Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle version 1, ATAIN programme and has presented regionally and nationally on the safety agenda. Hilary has experience of working as a Senior LMS Midwife leading on safety, neonatal care and provided a strategic link for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. She has also provided support for the North Region Maternity Team as a safety lead. Hilary is based at our Alpha Court office in York.


Anna Downward-Fletcher

Quality Improvement Manager - PMH

Anna leads on the development and delivery of the clinical networks perinatal mental health work programme. The programme aims to support the delivery of quality improvements and improve the experience and outcomes for women, infants and families. Previously Anna was a Quality Improvement Lead for Maternity. Prior to joining the Clinical Networks in 2014, Anna worked in Human Resources and has undertaken a number of improvement projects and project management roles within the NHS. Anna led on achieving NHS Litigation Authority Standards at an acute provider trust and worked in maternity services working alongside obstetricians, midwives and managers to achieve the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) Maternity Clinical Risk Management Standards. Anna is based at our Oak House office in Rotherham.


Elizabeth Audsley

Quality Improvement Lead - Maternity

Lizzy was appointed as Quality Improvement Lead in October 2018 and is supporting the delivery of the Better Births Maternity priorities. Lizzy is leading on the Maternity Enhanced and Critical Care programme for the Clinical Network, as well as aspects of the Safer Maternity Care agenda, supporting providers and stakeholders to improve the quality and outcomes for women and their families. Lizzy has worked in a number of roles within NHS England since 2013; working within the National Maternity Transformation Programme Team (established as a result of the Better Births Review) as well as the Medical Directorate in the South West Region for the Performers List and Controlled Drugs Team, working collaboratively with professional regulatory bodies and across different directorates and regional boundaries to support service improvement. Lizzy is based at our Alpha Court office in York.


Mrs Talitha Grandison

Quality Improvement Lead

Quality Improvement Lead - Maternity Talitha was appointed as Quality Improvement Lead in January 2021 and is supporting the delivery of the Better Births Maternity priorities. Talitha is leading on the Saving Babies Lives and Stillbirth programmes for the Clinical Network, supporting providers and stakeholders to improve the quality and outcomes for women and their families. Talitha has worked in the maternity services across the Yorkshire and Humber region as a Midwife since 2007 and has experience of working at LMS level, initially supporting providers to implement the Preventing Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Birth (PReCePT) programme and expanding her role into improving neonatal outcomes by leading on Preterm Birth and ATAIN workstreams. Talitha is based at our Alpha Court office in York.



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