OptiBreech Cluster Trial Collaborators

Read why our collaborators would like to help extend the provision of OptiBreech care by participating in a cluster trial.

As we prepare our funding bid to scale up OptiBreech care around the UK and evaluate it in a stepped wedge cluster trial, we have invited NHS sites to formally express an interest in collaboration. We are pleased to share some of our collaborators and the reasons they are joining this trial.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Lead: Joselle Wright, Head of Midwifery

“We are a smaller DGH with 3700 births, smaller units often do not get the opportunity to participate in these amazing research studies. This would be a great opportunity for our women.”

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Lead: Charlotte Gibson, Consultant Midwife

This is an exciting opportunity for us to support women’s health research which will positively impact those who provide care, the service we are able to offer and ultimately optimise health and well-being outcomes for those we care for. All with the added and far-reaching benefit of growing and strengthening our clinical research culture and capabilities within our service, community and beyond. It was from women’s and families lived experiences that led us to embark on setting up a Breech Birth Faculty. Our aim is to build the capabilities and confidence within our workforce to support safe and personalised care for those who have a breech baby at term. Collaborating with the Opti Breech Trial will be fundamental in achieving this aspiration.

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Lead: Dr Olusegun Ilesanmi, Consultant Obstetrician

‘Research within our Trust is important as this enables us to ensure we provide up to date evidence based safe care, with Women & their babies at the centre. The Opti Breech Study promotes informing Women about their options and to plan their care with them rather than making decisions about them, as well as improving our expertise, knowledge, and staff development. We look forward to giving Women within our care the opportunity to be part of the Opti Breech Study’

NHS Lothian, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Leads: Dr Rosemary Townsend and Dr Andrew Brown, Consultant Obstetricians

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Lead: Consultant Midwife Angela Kerrigan

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lead: Consultant Obstetrician Fatima Abuamna

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Lead: Kirty Farrington, Sharon Gowans and Julie Woollaston – Research Midwives

We are really excited to be involved in this research! It is a great opportunity to not only work towards delivering evidence-based care for women but also to develop skills and build confidence within the whole maternity workforce