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Professor Judith Stephenson

Programme Director - Maternal Health Programme
Academic Health Science Network

Professor Judith Stephenson is Programme Director for the Maternal Health arm of the Children, Young People and Maternal Health Programme at UCLPartners. In this role she is leading work on improving pre-conception care for women considering a pregnancy and an investigation of low birth weight in East London.

Judith is Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the UCL Institute for Women’s Health. She is Head of the UCL Research Department of Reproductive Health and holds honorary consultant appointments in sexual and reproductive health and women’s health.
Judith has a long track record of research in sexual and reproductive health that has changed policy and practice nationally and internationally, particularly in relation to chlamydia screening. Her current research focus is on how women plan and prepare for pregnancy and how early intervention can improve mother and child health across the life course.

Judith received the UCL prize for Leadership in Public Engagement in 2012 and an NIHR Senior Investigator Award in 2014.

“UCLPartners encourages us to look at things from the patient’s point of view and set aside the traditional rivalry between trusts – competitors are now partners, looking together at how we can improve healthcare and research. It forces us to be more altruistic.

With UCLPartners, we turn things on their heads. So, rather than saying, ‘We are a centre of excellence, come to us,’ we start from the woman sitting at home worrying about a health problem and wondering where to go. We think about how she will get the best care throughout her life, along the whole pathway from primary or community care into secondary care.”

"We start from the woman sitting at home worrying about a health problem and wondering where to go. We think about how she will get the best care throughout her life, along the whole pathway from primary or community care into secondary care."