Dr Rebecca Mann: Lead Consultant (BMedSci, BMBS, DCh, MRCP, FRCPCH)
I qualified from Nottingham University in 1987, and worked in paediatrics and Neonatology in Liverpool for 3 years before moving to Eastbourne and then Southmead Hospital in Bristol to complete my neonatal and paediatric training. I was appointed in Taunton as a Paediatric Consultant with an interest in Neonatology in 1995. I represented DGH neonatal units at the earliest Department of Health meetings to consider the development of neonatal networks. I have been Clinical lead for the unit in Taunton for much of my Consultant career, and was one of the first Board members for the Western Neonatal Network 10 years ago.
I was appointed Clinical Director of the Neonatal ODN in December 2013. My other areas of interest have included Medical management and Medical Education – I have been an APLS and NLS instructor for many years, and until recently was Director of Medical Education for Taunton and Somerset Trust. I am currently the department research lead, and have an interest in the development of medicines for Children and babies, chairing the Paediatric Medicines Expert Advisory Group at the MHRA. As well as continuing to work on my own neonatal unit, I have a clinical interest in general paediatrics and renal medicine, and I contribute to the out of hours neonatal retrieval service based at Plymouth.
I am passionate about developing Neonatal units across the South West to deliver the best care possible, as close to home as possible. I believe that this “best care” should be defined by a strong research base and that we can best deliver this by keeping babies and their families at the heart of our work. The tools to deliver the changes we need can best be delivered by clear vision, a long term strategy and effective education. If we can develop staff that treat every baby and family as if they were their own, and empower parents to help us more meaningfully understand their needs we will meet every external standard and target with ease.