Dr Sunita Sharma is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she is the Obstetric lead for Postnatal Services and Co-Chair of the maternity experience committee.

Passionate about making women’s voice heard and their experience guiding how clinical service is delivered, she developed a mum and baby app to empower women with validated information on how best to take care of themselves and their baby in the immediate postnatal period. She attained a position on the 2017 cohort of the NIHR CLAHRC NWL Improvement Leader Fellowship. Sunita’s fellowship project aims to improve women’s experience during inpatient postnatal period by adopting a design thinking approach.

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Today, on the 7th of September 2017, Sunita presented her project at the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator where she delivered information about tracking technology to empower new mothers.

There are 30 digital health companies set for second cohort of DigitalHealth.London Accelerator. Technologies including video-game rehabilitation, wearables for patients with chronic disease, and a ‘USB port’ for amputees, are among those selected for the second cohort of DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator programme.

The programme, that aims to speed up adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health, supported 31 companies on the first cohort to obtain 38 contracts with the NHS over the past 12 months.

DigitalHealth.London worked with over 100 senior NHS, commercial and technical experts to assess 127 companies’ business credibility and the likely benefit their innovations could deliver at a pan-London level.

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Sunita’s project aims to co-design and develop an innovative and transformative in-patient postnatal care pathway to address a long-standing maternity challenge highlighted in national reports likeAudit commission, 1997; Postnatal care- A Cinderella Story?’ National Childbirth Trust (NCT) 2010 and more recently ‘Support Overdue’ NCT 2017 and our local surveys (Friends and Family Tests and Picker surveys).

According to Dr Sunita, the Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust’s Strategy team have confirmed that the project is in strong alignment with the Trust’s key priorities, namely to deliver high quality patient-centred care, delivering better care at lower cost and improved communication within and outside our organisation. She hopes her Fellowship project will allow the postnatal team to deliver on the Trust’s vision with the potential to offer a solution to a national problem.

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For more information on Dr Sunita Sharma’s Fellowship Project please feel free to contact her directly via the information below.

Email: Sunita.sharma12@imperial.ac.uk ¦ Twitter: @SunitaS2016

 

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