Welcome. Healthtalk, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.

We are very grateful for all the help and support we have received in producing this module.


Advisory Panel

Alison Chapple
Senior Research Fellow, Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.
Allyson Williams MBE 
Midwife Consultant, Community Midwife
Ann McPherson
Medical Director, Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.
Hilary Stevens
National Childbirth Trust maternity services representative for Wales and Chairman of Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust
Jane Sandall
Professor of Midwifery and Women's Health , Kings College, London
Jenny Higham 
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Imperial College, London
Jo Alexander
Professor of Midwifery Research and Development, University of Bournemouth
Jo Garcia
Senior Research Officer, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London
Pat Hoddinott
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Highlands and Islands Health Research Institute
Peter Brocklehurst
Director of National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Rona McCandlish
Research Fellow, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Sue Macdonald
Education and Research Manager, The Royal College of Midwives

We would like to thank the NCT, ARC, SureStart, Evelina Children's Heart Organisation, Kate Hunt, Sally Inch & Danny Tucker and all the participants, GPs and other health professionals who helped us with this research.

Supported by:
Department of Health - Section 64 Grant

Grant holder:
Sue Ziebland
Ann McPherson
Louise Locock


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