About Us

Welcome to Better Births Lincolnshire, the home of the Lincolnshire Maternity Transformation Programme.

As any mum will tell you, pregnancy is a journey, whether it is your first baby or something you have experienced before. Much like any journey, preparation, support and having the information and tools to allow you to make the right choices for you and your family will make it a success.

The partners involved with Better Births Lincolnshire want to develop innovative new services to make sure you are well supported and informed at every stage of your pregnancy, enabling you to make decisions about your care which are best suited to you and your family.

For the first time, Better Births Lincolnshire brings together all the services across the county responsible for supporting and caring for both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy journey. We are working together to ensure that it’s not only easier for you to access high-quality care, but that you are also able to choose the services most suited to your needs.

With choices including homebirth, home-from-home birth centre settings and delivery suites in three hospital locations; where your baby is born is an important choice for you and your family to make.

Before you make your decision you need to know more about the options you have, your own clinical need and the health of your baby. Our dedicated teams will be able to help you every step of the way so when the time comes you will have the birth that is best for you and your baby.

We are also working with a range of other partners to provide specialist services to help you during your pregnancy.

Everything we are doing really is all about you, so we want to hear how we can personalise your experience by offering you more choice, while continuing to provide self care.

Please explore this site to find out more about what we are doing and what support and services are available.

Meet the Better Births Lincolnshire team

  • Tracy Pilcher

    Senior Responsible Officer
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    The Senior Responsible Officer is the visible owner of the overall project transformation, accountable for successful delivery and is recognised throughout the organisation as the key leadership figure in driving the change forward.

    Tracy is Chief Nurse at Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group and the SRO for the Local Maternity System.

    Tracy said: “I qualified as a nurse in 1988 and quickly moved into critical care nursing, working within this field for more than 20 years. I had the pleasure of being on the national board of a national critical care organisation, and chaired the organisation for four years. I have held a number of senior positions in both provider and commissioning organisations.

    “I am delighted to be the SRO for the Lincolnshire LMS, as I am passionate about maternity care and want to ensure that women and their families receive excellent care in the services that we provide in Lincolnshire.

    “Hobbies wise, I have two teenage children who keep me very busy and I also enjoy running, looking after my daughter’s horse and walking with my dog.”

  • Sue Jarvis

    Maternity Transformation Programme Manager
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    “I am a Registered General Nurse and Registered Midwife (no longer practicing as a Midwife). I have worked in a variety of settings from Neonatal Intensive Care to Practice Nursing in Primary Care and in varying geographical area.

    “In the last few years I have worked in Commissioning with Lincolnshire East CCG as the Lead Nurse for Safety and Quality and over the last year the Programme Manager for Maternity Transformation.

    “I am a Mum to two young adults who still live at home so still keep me busy, but in my spare time, when I have any, I enjoy crafts such as upholstery, furniture design and painting. Music is my absolute passion.”

  • Dawn Thomas

    Maternity Transformation Manager
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    Dawn is a Registered Midwife, with 31 years’ experience. She has spent the majority of her career as a midwife working in the community setting supporting women throughout their pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

    Dawn said: “I joined Better Births Lincolnshire in November 2017 and I am leading on Perinatal Mental Health and Neonatal elements of the Better Births plan. Over the next 18 months, I am looking forward to working with the team on all elements of the plan.

    “On a more personal note, I am a wife, and mother of one son who plays rugby for Lincoln. It was while watching the rugby and witnessing the resulting injuries that led me to train to be a LIVES responder. Having now completed the training I regularly go ‘on call’ for my local community. I also enjoy gardening, reading, going to the theatre and the cinema.”

  • Tracy Stewart

    Maternity Transformation Lead Midwife
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    “I have recently joined the Better Births team at Lincolnshire East CCG in an exciting new role on a part time secondment.

    “I am a Registered nurse and a registered midwife, currently also working as a labour ward co-ordinator at Lincoln.

    “I have worked for the NHS for the last 30 years, majority of that as a midwife and my passion for midwifery is as strong now as it was at the beginning.

    “It is a privilege to be a part of something so special and this opportunity to improve maternity services for the women and families of Lincolnshire with the Better Births project is a really exciting time.

    “I am also a mum to two grown up daughters who have both fled the nest, so it’s just me and the dog now.”

  • Tracy Clinkscales

    Project Support Officer for Maternity Transformation
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    “I have worked in several roles, from Secretarial, Estate Agents, Lettings and Finance. I started with the Maternity Transformation team in September 2017.

    “I’ve been married for 14 years and a step mum to three adults. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family, going away in our caravan, walking and cycling. Although my main hobby is Reiki; I started doing Reiki about 12 years ago and have been a Reiki Master for five years.”

  • Claire Hornsby

    Engagement Manager
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    “I have worked in a variety of roles within the NHS since leaving university in 2003. For the last ten years, I have worked in quality improvement and governance teams in both commissioning and provider organisations.

    “I am passionate about patient experience and patient voice as a vital measure of quality and service improvement. I am delighted to work as the engagement lead on the Better Births programme; which has been co-produced with women and families throughout the project, and right from the very start.

    “We have carried out listening clinics all across Lincolnshire to ensure our maternity services meet the needs of, and improve the experience of services for women, babies and families.

    “In my personal life, I am happily married and expecting my very own baby girl!”

  • Mark Williams

    Communications Manager
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    “I am the communications manager at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and am delighted to also be leading such exciting work with Better Births.

    “My job is to provide both entertaining and informative content for this website, produce likewise for our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, work with the media and generally communicate our vitally important messages far and wide.

    “I am married with two young daughters – all of whom keep me very busy! I am a sports addict and play competitively when I can.”