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  • Kind & Caring
  • Exceeding Expectation
Meet the Opti-Prem Team

Meet the Opti-Prem Team

Please see some useful contacts below and feel free to contact us if you want to know more.
Sponsor Project Co-ordinator

Lorraine Jacques 
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust 
Building 9 (The Chestnuts) 
New Cross Hospital 
WV10 0QP

Telephone: 01902 695111  ext. 8600
Email:  lorraine.jacques@nhs.net

Chief Investigator
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Tilly Pillay
Neonatal Unit, New Cross Hospital, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Tilly is Senior Neonatologist for New Cross Hospital and the SSBC Newborn and Maternity Network. She is the Chief Investigator for OPTI-PREM and her interests are in quality improvements and health service delivery in neonatal care.

Email: tilly.pillay@nhs.net 
Rebekah Mason - 01902 307999 extension 5179

Elaine Boyle

Elaine Boyle
Professor in Neonatal Medicine
Leicester City Football Club Professor in Child Health

Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Elaine is a leading expert on outcomes associated with moderate and late preterm births.

Neena Modi

Neena Modi 
Professor of Neonatal Medicine 
Imperial College London

As well as the Professor of Neonatal Medicine at the Imperial College in London, Neena is also Chair of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Head of The Neonatal Data Analysis Unit.

Elizabeth Draper

Elizabeth Draper   
Professor of Perinatal and Paediatric Epidemiology 
Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Liz is a perinatal and paediatric epidemiologist whose research portfolio encompasses perinatal and infant mortality, outcomes from preterm birth and neonatal and paediatric intensive care with a particular emphasis on the national and international standardisation of data collection.

Oliver Rivero-Arias

Oliver Rivero-Arias     
Professor in Health Economics - Senior Health Economist    
Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)

Oliver's main research interest concerns the evaluation of cost-effectiveness methodology and the conduct of applied economic studies in the perinatal and maternal health area.

Bradley Manktelow

Bradley Manktelow       
Associate Professor 
Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Bradley is a medical statistician at the University of Leicester. He works primarily on research projects into neonatal and paediatric medicine.

Sarah Seaton

Sarah Seaton         
Medical Statistician 
University of Leicester

Sarah primarily works on research projects investigating the neonatal care needs of preterm babies.

Natalie Armstrong

Natalie Armstrong           
Professor in Social Science Applied to Health 
University of Leicester

Natalie is a medical sociologist by background, she uses sociological theory and methods to look at ways healthcare can be improved.

Research and Development: Miaoqing Yang

Miaoqing Yang
Health Economist
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Miao is a health economic researcher, whose research interest include micro-econometric modelling for causal inference and cost-effectiveness analysis of health interventions.

Research and Development: Victor Banda

Victor Banda
Data Analyst
Neonatal Data Analysis Unit, Imperial College London

Research and Development: Chloe Shevlin

Chloe Shevlin
Fulbright Awardee - MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Research and Development: Dr Abdul Qader Ismail

Abdul Qader Ismail
PhD Student
Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

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Kelvin Dawson    

Kelvin is Chairperson of the Parent Advisory Panel for OPTIPREM and a member of Bliss the leading UK charity for babies born premature or sick. He replaces Michelle Greenaway in this role.

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