Gynaecology and Maternity

The Clinical Lead for gynaecology and maternity was appointed with the endorsement of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Lauren van den Bergh ( is the project manager for this workstream.

Clinical Lead: Rob Sherwin

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Whittington Hospital

Rob is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, subspecialising in Urogyanecology. Based at the Whittington Hospital in North London, Rob supplements his clinical duties with the roles of Associate Medical Director (Revalidation) and Director for Research at the hospital. In 2014, Rob was appointed as a Specialist Advisor for Women’s Health for the Care Quality Commission.

Having studied pre-clinical medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Rob and completed clinical studies at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London. He trained in London and East Anglia and undertook a PhD at the University of Cambridge, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where he was subsequently Clinical Lecturer.

As the GIRFT National Lead for Women’s Health, Rob has completed deep dive visits to all 137 maternity units in England. At each visit best practice was shared and the individual trust data pack was reviewed. The data covers patient experience, safety, quality, procurement and litigation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Each trust is now completing an action plan which will be reviewed and followed up by the seven regional implementation teams.

Following competitive interview Rob has been appointed as GIRFT Regional Ambassador for the East Midlands and East of England Hub. He will use his specialist knowledge and also experience as Associate Medical Director to support the implementation of GIRFT action plans, within the Acute Trusts and STPs.

Project Manager: Lauren van den Bergh

Lauren van den Bergh ( is the project manager for this workstream.