South West Maternal Medicine Network: Meet the team

Head and shoulders photo of Obstetric Physician Lead Francesca Neuberger wearing dark green scrubs

Obstetric Physician Lead (education/ governance)

Francesca Neuberger MBChB FRCP

Fran has been an Acute and Obstetric Physician at North Bristol NHS Trust since 2016, having undertaken fellowships in Obstetric Medicine and Medical Education in London.

She is Obstetric Physician lead for the South West Maternal Medicine network, and maintains a keen interest in medical education.

Head and shoulders picture of Dr Jenny Blackman

Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Dr Jenny Blackman MB ChB MRCOG

I have been an Obs and Gynae consultant in Exeter since 2018 and trained in the Peninsula region.  I run a weekly antenatal clinic for women with pre-existing medical conditions and regular preconception clinics.  

My other interests are in teaching at the UEMS and management of prolapse.

Head and shoulders photograph of Rebecca Simms

Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, St Michael's Hospital

Dr Rebecca Simms MD, MRCOG, DFRSH, MBChB

I have been a Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St Michael's Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, since 2015. Prior to becoming a Consultant I trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and then completed my subspecialist training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SST MFM) in the Severn postgraduate deanery. 

I have been the Lead Obstetrician for Haematology since becoming a Consultant and am a member of the British Society for Haematology Obstetric Haematology Special Interest Group.

I work very closely with our Obstetric Haematologist and colleagues at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. As our Trust is the tertiary referral centre in the South West for Haematology, I am closely involved in managing women from across our region with an extensive range of haematological conditions as part of our experienced multidisciplinary team.

I am also the South Bristol Obstetric Academy lead for the Reproductive Health and Care of the Newborn (RHCN) course, a part of the University of Bristol’s Medical Undergraduate Degree.

Head and shoulders photograph of Dr Stephanie Curtis in a non-clinical environment

Consultant Obstetric Cardiologist, Bristol Heart Institute

Dr Stephanie Curtis BSc (Hons) MB ChB MD FRCP FESC

Dr Curtis is a consultant cardiologist, based at the Bristol Heart Institute, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. She specialises in congenital heart disease in the adult (ACHD), heart muscle disease and aortic disease, as well as obstetric cardiology. She runs clinics in Gloucester Royal Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. 

Dr Curtis attended medical school in Edinburgh and subsequently did most of her training and doctorate in London. She took up a specific ACHD training post in Bristol as a senior registrar in 2003 and has been in post as a consultant since 2008.  She has been looking after pregnant women with heart disease as part of a multidisciplinary clinic since 2003 and has a wide experience of all aspects of obstetric cardiology, consulting daily throughout the South West.

Dr Curtis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and European Society of Cardiology. She regularly presents and chairs at regional and national cardiology and echocardiography meetings. She has published papers and book chapters in her areas of expertise. 

Dr Curtis is a keen amateur triathlete, runner and open water swimmer. She is an avid member of the informal BHI book club and is a single mum to two teenage sons and a variety of pets! 

Consultant in Obstetrics & Maternal Medicine, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Marie O'Sullivan MRCOG MSc (Medical Education)

I am a consultant based at UHBW in obstetrics and maternal medicine, working across the Bristol and Weston sites.

Throughout my career I have forged an active role in medical education; I am currently College Tutor for Obstetrics & Gynaecology at UHBW and the Education and Training Representative for BMFMS.

As a trainee I was the Vice Chair (Education) for the RCOG National Trainee’s Committee and completed a Masters in medical education focussing on curriculum design.

The pregnancy journey is a unique time for healthcare interactions with a large number of  specialty interactions and huge motivation for change. I am excited to work with the network to provide cross-specialty education opportunities.

South West Maternal Medicine Network: Meet the team