The Maternity Transformation Programme is part of the wider Together We’re Better Maternity, Children and Young People programme.
We have been working to improve maternity services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent since 2016 and continue to listen to as many views and experiences of women and their families as possible, to help us progress our work. Find out how you can get involved below.
The future of health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
In Summer 2019 we listened to the experiences of people using health and care services across the county and city. Using this feedback, we have moved into the next phase of the programme: the options development and appraisal process. During this phase our technical experts (including clinicians, staff and subject experts) are using the feedback from our engagement activity, alongside information and data from the different service areas to develop proposals for the future delivery of these services.
We also held workshops in Autumn 2019 to share the feedback from the listening exercise, the emerging models of care and sought views on the desirable criteria. The desirable criteria (e.g. quality of care and accessibility) will be used to evaluate and score proposals for the future delivery of services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
As part of this, we want to speak to more women, and their families, with experience of maternity services or who plan to use maternity services. More workshops with the public are being planned over the coming months to help inform these proposals and dates for these will be released shortly. No decisions have been made at this early stage of development.
We hope that, by listening to the views of service users and interested groups, we will get a balanced view from these workshops, with which to move forward. You can find more information about this work, here.
Maternity Focus Groups
To complement the above work, we held focus groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent throughout January and February 2020. We used these focus groups to speak to new mums, expectant mums, people thinking about having a baby and relevant maternity staff, to listen to their views and experiences of local maternity services.
This work will form part of the Together We’re Better Maternity Transformation Programme and the feedback gathered will help to inform and improve maternity services in local areas.
Through January and February last year we held the following focus groups:
- 24 January, Charnwood Children’s Centre, Lichfield
- 27 January, East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, Burton-on-Trent
- 28 January, Newcastle Community Fire Station, Newcastle-under-Lyme
- 29 January, Rising Brook Community Centre, Stafford
- 4 February, Cannock Chase Children’s Centre, Cannock Chase
- 7 February, The Dudson Centre, Stoke-on-Trent
Mothers and midwives from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have so far told Together We’re Better about a variety of different experiences; praising staff for their hard work and dedication, but saying that their experience would be better if they had seen the same doctors and midwives throughout their pregnancy and after birth. We’ve also heard a lot about mental health issues during pregnancy and after birth, for both the mother and partner, amongst a wide range of other areas where things are working well and where services could be improved.
We will continue to involve maternity service users throughout the year and upcoming sessions/chances to get involved will be shared across our social media and on this page.
There are plenty more ways you can get involved with our Maternity Transformation programme, such as becoming a Maternity Champion. Find out more about this and other ways of getting involved here.