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About the authors

This page provides short biographies of the authors and editor of the RCOG/RCM undermining toolkit.

Felicity Ashworth

Felicity Ashworth is a consultant in O&G at Buckinghamshire Healthcare. She has a specific interest in fertility and diabetes in pregnancy, with a specialised practice of caring for women with spinal cord injuries. She is the Fellows’ representative on RCOG Council for the South East.

Felicity has been involved with postgraduate education for over 20 years. She was Head of School for O&G at the Oxford Deanery until September 2013 and is now the School’s Workplace Behaviours Champion. She was also a member of the RCOG’s Specialty Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for 3 years.

These positions have given Felicity plenty of experience of managing the problems of undermining, such as local initiatives, trainee regional teaching sessions, training sessions to educational supervisors and visiting departments to investigate and raise awareness. 

Sally Burton

Sally Burton is a Practice Educator and Supervisor of Midwives at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. She is also the speciality lead for maternal health in the G.A.S. (Ghana, AfriKids, Southampton) partnership.

Since completing a research study into the attitude of health professionals to team working on the delivery suite in 2010, Sally has been keen to further the recommendations from the original study. Supported by the Clinical Leaders Academy within Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust, in 2011 she instigated and now chairs the Positive Safety Culture Team. This is a multiprofessional group that promotes an awareness of human factors while also fostering a positive organisational culture to maintain safety.

Sally also actively promotes positive team working and communication as the faculty lead for the multidisciplinary PROMPT course for obstetric emergencies, which was successfully implemented in Southampton in 2012.

Susanna Crowe

Susanna Crowe is an ST7 in obstetrics and gynaecology at Newham University Hospital. Her first O&G post was in West London in 2003, and she went on to registrar training in North East Thames in 2006.

Susanna is passionate about obstetrics and gynaecology and delivering high-quality, truly patient-centred care. She is a generalist with interests in patient safety and risk management, clinical leadership and medical education. 

Malcolm Griffiths

Malcolm Griffiths is a consultant at Luton & Dunstable Hospital with a focus on obstetrics. He has previously served as a Clinical Director and is now Associate Medical Director with responsibility for appraisal and revalidation. 

Malcolm trained in London and the home counties, and as a trainee he suffered occasional bullying and undermining. 

Malcolm has various roles at the RCOG and at NICE. He has a significant medico-legal practice and in 2010 he completed an MA in law and ethics in medicine. Malcolm is clinical lead for risk management and strongly promotes a blame-free culture concerning risk and adverse outcomes.

Sandra McNeil

Sandra McNeil is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Londonderry. She completed her training as a flexible trainee and has now been a substantive NHS consultant for 10 years, with a special interest in urogynaecology.

Sandra is Deputy Head of School and Training Programme Director for the Northern Ireland Deanery. She is an MRCOG Part 2 examiner and am a member of the EMQ sub-committee.

In 2014 Sandra was appointed as the first Marcus Filshie Fellow and at the end of 2014 will go to Kitovu in Uganda for 2 months, to cover for a local doctor while she undergoes training in fistula surgery.

Jo Mountfield (Editor, and RCOG Workplace Behaviours Advisor)

Jo Mountfield is a consultant obstetrician and Director of Education at University Hospital Southampton. She is also the Head of School for Health Education Wessex. She is and has been involved in education in a wide variety of roles, having developed an enthusiasm and interest in this area and completed a masters degree as trainee.  

Jo believes high-quality education lies at the heart of exemplary patient care. She took up the role of Workplace Behaviours Advisor at the RCOG in 2013 because she passionately wants to help improve the experience for all staff who have experienced bullying and undermining and to help rebuild our reputation as a specialty.

Elsewhere on the site

Resources and support for trainees
Further resources to support specialty trainees in O&G
Resources and support for trainers
Resources to help trainers deliver the specialty training programme in O&G