Michele Upton

Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation Programmes, NHS Improvement


Michele works as Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation programmes leading the maternity safety workstream in NHS Improvement. She trained as a registered nurse and midwife in South Africa, before relocating to the UK in 1993. She undertook her neonatal nurse training in Cambridge where she worked as a clinician, clinical risk manager and lead nurse for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

In 2010 she was seconded to the East of England Perinatal Network as Innovation lead, where she implemented a number of region wide quality improvement projects across the East of England, aimed at improving maternal and infant safety, reducing variation in practices across the network and improving outcomes for babies through the provision of standardised models of care.

Michele’s role in NHS Improvement involves advising on policy matters as well as leading the implementation of a number of maternity safety initiatives which contribute to Secretary of State for Health’s strategy to halve the number of neonatal and maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal brain injuries by 2025. This role provides for a rich, exciting and varied work load with involvement in a number of initiatives across the wider healthcare system. Michele is also a qualified Neonatal Life Support trainer and Nursing Editor for a neonatal journal.

In her spare time Michele does ballet to keep herself as fit as possible for her retirement!

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