Date / Location: Wednesday 8th May 2019 4pm – 5.30pm in room W142, Hendon Campus.
Guest speakers: Sarah Chitongo and Yvonne Coghill
Sarah Chitongo Biography
Sarah Chitongo is a Nurse and Midwife with 18 years of experience in all areas of Midwifery. She is also an experienced Senior Manager who left the National Health Service (NHS) as a Midwifery Manager.
Sarah is also a Specialist Advisor to the American Pregnancy Association and provides regular Consultancy to Voluntary maternity Organisations in UK and Reviewer of Health Journals across the world. She is also a member of the London Clinical Senate and board member of the RCM.
She is also a Clinical Skills Manager in the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University and her role involves shaping and implementation of long-term strategic plans within the Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Skills Department, ensuring that these fit within broader functional, academic and University strategies. She is an ambitious manager who has built a reputation developing and motivating staff. The management style focuses on three main things; innovation, quality and staff. She has excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire confidence and build strong stakeholder relationships to ensure that the curriculum is at the forefront of knowledge and reflects the latest research insights and materials. Further roles within current position include generating and presenting annual management review reports as well as providing consultancy for academics within the department in relation to midwifery education.
Sarah soared to great heights this year by winning the most Prestigious Mary Seacole Awards. The government funded award enables her to undertake a project to enhance patient-focused care that benefits the health needs of people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Only a handful of researchers are chosen to receive the Award. Sarah will be focusing on reducing the mortality rates amongst the Black Asian and Ethnic Minority groups. Her project will lead her to have access to the highest policy makers in the government, NHS England, Kings Fund, Minister of Health and The Chief Nursing Officer of England and Chief Midwifery Officer of England. She will also be visiting the Prime Minister this year.
She is also the pioneer of bringing Augmented Reality in Midwifery Education. This project she led has seen her as a Finalist for the British Journal of Midwifery Awards 2019 in Use of Technology in Midwifery. The Augmented birthing simulator with the addition of Microsoft HoloLens is a breakthrough in midwifery simulation. The modelled physiology that is represented in stunning anatomical holograms has the potential in exciting students and increasing their understanding of anatomy and physiology. Learners gain a view inside the mother as the fetus descends the birthing canal, and they witness how their actions impact mother-baby safety. Augmented reality into a simulator with responsive physiology delivers deeper understanding and an unprecedented shared training experience.
As the first black woman to undertake such an incredible revolutionary project in facilitating and fostering maternity safety has seen widespread interest from countries such as Japan, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Malta and Australia. Sarah has also managed to speak at the House of Common as well as Royal College of Anaesthetists. She also had a visit from the Minister of State of Universities Chris Skidmore. Her work is soon to feature in the Sunday Times.
She is a multiple Award winner in the International woman of the year, Zimbabwe Achievers award and National Diversity Awards 2019.
Yvonne Coghill Biography
Yvonne commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.
Yvonne is currently the Director – WRES Implementation in NHS England, she is a member of the equality and diversity council at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States where she helped develop their inclusion strategy. Yvonne has delivered lectures on inclusion and diversity at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She continues to work closely with world expert on health and race Professor D. Williams, of Harvard University School of Public Health.
In 2012 Yvonne was appointed a Magistrate to the North London bench. She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers and in December 2017 she was included in the HSJ top 100 influential leaders list. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010 and was appointed to the position of Director for WRES implementation in June 2015. This year Yvonne has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, an honorary fellowship from Kings College University, honorary doctorates from The Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Universities, voted one of the top 70 most inspirational nurses in the NHS over the last 70 years and has become the Deputy President of the RCN.
Each guest speaker is invited to speak for 30 minutes and include a 15 minute Question and Answer session after each presentation.
If you are unable to attend the presentation but would still like to participate you can connect via this link (http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/runwaytoleadership3/) as a guest and watch the presentation live. You may also interact during the presentation by submitting questions to one of our online facilitators who will field you question live in the Question and Answer section of the presentation. (please note this link is only operational during the presentation time of 4pm-5.30pm on the day).