The STORK Collaborative

The STORK Collaborative is anchored at the University of Wolverhampton, Research Institute in Health care Science.

The STORK Collaborative is a network of interested health care teams working towards reducing risks for newborn and infant mortality though parent, carer and family education and empowerment, using the STORK Programme, in the West Midlands.

Aim of Collaborative at the University of Wolverhampton:

Our focus is to help partner teams deliver a programme that is best suited to their local population. Research around parent, carer and family education and empowerment will include

  • understanding key drivers for community uptake of messages around reducing the risks for infant mortality in the region, and implementing change accordingly,
  • key drivers that promote appropriate behavioural modifications based on the messages shared, and
  • quality assurance of training delivered and received.

Partner teams of the STORK Collaborative:

Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Academic Insitute of Medicine:

Professor Thillagavathie Pillay

Faculty of Health, Education and Well being:

Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences

Education Observatory:

City of Wolverhampton Council: Public Health:

  • Consultant in Public Health, Wolverhampton: Dr Neeraj Malhotra

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Maternity Services:

  • Antenatal and Community services Matron: Hazel J Remmett-Booth
  • Vulnerable Midwifery Team: Sr Marie Davis and Zoe Smith
  • South East Midwifery Team: Sr Kerry Elston, Stacey Wall and Kerry Forrester
  • South Staffordshire Midwifery Team: Sr Sharon Carter and Victoria Crump
  • Cannock Chase Hospital Midwifery Team: Sr Marie Eaton

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Neonatal Unit

City of Wolverhampton Council: Health Visiting:

  • Health visiting Practice Education Facilitator: Sr Hiliary Williams
  • Health Visiting Service Lead: Hazel Hawkins-Dady

Dudley Council, Public Health and Wellbeing directorate:

  • Dudley Public Health Manager: Sarah Owens
  • Stork Trainers: Claire Walters, Hollie Nelson

Russells Hall Neonatal Unit, Dudley Group of Hospitals:

  • Consultant Paediatrician and neonatal governance lead: Dr Anjali Petkar
  • Consultant Paediatrician and deputy Clinical director: Dr Chandan Gupta
  • Lead Neonatal Nurse: Sr Julie Marks
  • Paediatric Services Matron: Sr Karen Anderson
  • Public Health Project Midwife: Sr Elizabeth Punter

Better Births, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (Local Maternity System):

  • Programme Manager: Fiona Ellis

Princess Royal Hospital

  • Consultant Clinical Lead (Neonatology): Dr Sanjeev Deshpande
  • Consultant Paediatrician: Dr Alison Belfitt
  • Sr Natasha Peplow
  • Home care Team: Sr Claire Inglis
  • STORK Facilitators: Claire Hart, Zahraa Teladia Diwan
  • Maternity Services for vulnerable women: Sr Cox
  • Neonatal Home care team
  • Neonatal Home Care team
  • Neonatal Services, Dr Ahmed Ahmed, Sr Anne Louise Parton
  • Maternity Services: Sr Vanessa Berry

The STORK Programme and STORK Collaborative uses materials provided through the Lullaby Trust

  • Regional Representative: Natalie Mckie 

Professor T Pillay, Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Academic Institute of Medicine.

Contact details for enquiries: t.pillay@wlv.ac.uktilly.pillay@nhs.net

  • “STORK is a fantastic programme, our families really enjoy it and the recognition from the CQC is more than justified” - Sr Marie Eaton,Community Midwife Team Lead Cannock Chase Hospital
  • "Stork, is a vital element of antenatal education as it prepares prospective parents  how to deliver emergency care to their baby if required in a non-threatening environment prior to their babies birth. This programme is promoted by both hospital and community midwives  who work for RWT” - Hazel  J Remmett-Booth, Matron Maternity – Antenatal /  Community Services, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

City of Wolverhampton Council together with the STORK Programme have recently trialed an Early STORK Programme for A level students in Wolverhampton area. This Programme includes four basic messages, delivered by school health nurses in small group interactive sessions during the school day:

When planning a baby, the key stages to a healthy baby

  • Breast feeding: This is best for baby – try to breast feed for at least 6 months to a year
  • Plan the pregnancy: Babies born to mothers who are very young (teenagers) are at higher risk of problems
  • No alcohol in pregnancy: Drinking alcohol in pregnancy can harm baby in the womb
  • No smoking in pregnancy and thereafter: This can harm baby in the womb, and as an infant, child and adult too

This is a very exciting new project that draws on expertise of our staff from health science, education and psychology, in collaboration with neonatal units at local hospital trusts, public health directorates in Dudley and Wolverhampton and the Lullaby Trust.