T: 01243 786993 - 07786 693348 | Contact

Donna has not hesitated to try and protect patients’ interests. If required, she is prepared to go to the top to ensure that patients receive the best quality of care. She is a very special person and it has been a great privilege to work with her.

Dr Anthony Falconer

Past President, 2013

Royal College of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

Donna could always be relied upon for wise and sensible advice. She clearly has extensive knowledge, skills and competency in providing effective and high quality Maternity leadership and she bought great ideas and challenge to help us monitor and develop local services which were absolutely invaluable.

Paul Haigh

Chief Officer, C&H CCG

February 2017

A massive thank you for facilitating the Paediatric STP workshop excellently. The turnout was fab and the networking and buzz in the room was brilliant. We got to some of the tricky issues but the best thing was – we got everyone talking. I really appreciated your style and expertise.

Angela Murphy

Deputy Director Strategy & Partnerships


North East Hampshire & Farnham CCG

January 2017

The number one Donna. A big thank you for finding the photo of my son, it has taken 18.5 years. Thank you for sparing the time, it really does mean so much to me. I am really grateful, you are one in a million.

A mum from the South Coast of England

slideshow image slideshow image slideshow image

Donna Ockenden is a respected and high profile health care leader in the UK and internationally. Her expertise includes the leadership and management of Maternity services and Women and Children’s Divisions and she is well respected within the field of elderly care.

Recent and current work in the field of elderly care includes:

  • Development of an Elderly Falls and Fracture Reduction Strategy (across 3 CCGs and a population of circa 1 million);
  • Development of quality and contract standards for nursing homes across 2 CCGs;
  • A review of dementia care in an acute hospital leading to the publication of the Tawel Fan report in May 2015;
  • Currently leading a review of the events leading to the closure of Tawel Fan ward in December 2013  and a review of the current  Governance arrangements in Older People’s Mental Health in Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board.

Other recent work includes:

  • Completed a review of the leadership team, effectiveness and function in a Pharmacy department of a large NHS Foundation Trust in the South of England where all the recommendations made by Donna Ockenden were accepted by the Trust Executive team;
  • Undertook and completed a review of the leadership, management and effectiveness of the multidisciplinary team in a large Emergency Department where the recommendations made by Donna Ockenden were all accepted by the Trust Executive Directors;
  • Successful working across multiple CCG’s and a large acute provider Trust in the development of an agreed pathway for paediatric emergency care;
  • Development of a number of Paediatric workstreams and successfully agreed a structure for implementation of those workstreams across an STP involving multiple commissioners and providers and complex commissioning and working relationships;
  • Support of a CCG in ensuring safe provision of care with a year long ‘deep dive’ into (and ongoing review of) a large maternity service following a number of maternal deaths and serious incidents;
  • Completion of a review into a housekeeping services across the 3 sites of a large Trust where staff morale was low and employee relationships generally were of concern to the Executive team. Multiple recommendations were made to and accepted by the Executive team.

Donna’s area of particular interest, across all clinical specialties, is the leadership of multi-disciplinary teams. She is adept at working with a wide range of medical, nursing and midwifery colleagues. Her extensive experience consists of:

  • working with teams in difficulty or crisis
  • leading services against a background of extensive reconfiguration

Being highly skilled in supporting services Donna can demonstrate broad learning from clinical incidents and service user complaints. She also has experience of providing advice on the timely resolution of complex or seemingly intractable clinical complaints or serious incidents.

Donna has over a decade of experience in leading large and complex maternity and gynaecology departments and over five years’ experience of leading entire Women and Children’s Divisions. This includes the management of the various consultant groups and professions allied to medicine within the Division.

Donna has a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience of supporting services in difficulty with the ability to rapidly stabile them; at the same time developing a blue print for safe, sustainable and cost effective clinical care. She has worked on a number of projects with externally appointed ‘Turnaround Directors’ and has a wealth of experience in delivering upon cost improvement plans whilst ensuring the delivery of safe and effective care.

In addition Donna has evidence of history of developing successful and sustainable recruitment and retention campaigns across all professions and has delivered these successfully against a backdrop of services with historically high vacancies and turnover.

Donna is now available for full time and part time advisory and consultancy work across a number of areas and clinical specialties. Donna has recent and current experience of working with both commissioners and providers and is therefore cognisant of both perspectives in a challenging economic environment.