From Mary Barlow, Programme Lead
NHS England have confirmed phase two and the Local Maternity Services (LMS) has received regional approval of the spending plans. A significant reduction in the LMS workforce has resulted in the need to review the workforce establishment. Due to the number of vacancies within the LMS team, including the MTP Senior Programme Manager, post mitigations have been put in place to ensure workload and trajectories are under close monitoring.
The five key projects within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Transformation Programme:
- Enhanced quality and safety of women and newborns (led by a consultant obstetrician)
The Lead Midwife for Transformation is working with UHNM to explore an additional saving babies lives care bundle/fetal monitoring midwife post and job description. This mirrors many other LMSs.
- Authentic engagement with women and their families (led by project support officer of the Pan Staffs MTP)
The lead post has been appointed, but is not in post yet.
The latest MVP meeting was held on 10 September and discussions were held around feedback received by UHNM, concerns raised about lack of parenting sessions and decommissioning of breastfeeding and tongue tie services. Meanwhile, the chair of the MVP provided some mentoring and support to MVP champions with regards to chairing meetings. The MVP was attended by local universities and MVP champions have been invited to participate in future curriculum planning.
The MVP is now working towards a plan that takes into account, the needs of local women and families, prioritising the inclusion of minority groups and those who may face health inequalities. MVP Chairs will attend the MTP Board to contribute to both Better Births and the Long Term Care priorities.
- Reconfiguration of maternity services (led by the Heads of Midwifery)
The Lead Midwife for Transformation is working with UHNM to develop job descriptions and roles to implement both the project midwife and the continuity of carer project.
- Improved health and wellbeing of women and their babies (led by Public Health at the local authorities)
The LMS is working in partnership with both the Staffordshire Early Years Advisory Board and Stoke-on-Trent Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board to ensure all prevention and wellbeing objectives are highlighted and included in the relevant annual plans.
- Improved access to perinatal mental health services (led by Service Manager for Perinatal Mental Health Services)
The Shropshire and Staffordshire PNMH Steering group continues to be held monthly with NHS England colleagues, where some positive sharing of systems and processes is undertaken. There has been a GP workshop held to promote greater understanding of PMH needs in the primary care setting and joint networking events held, bringing together specialist healthcare professionals.
The Perinatal Mental Health Transformation additional funding bid was successful with the LMS securing an additional development fund.
The digital lead is co-ordinating the digital elements of the various projects under the LMS programme including the two-way maternity notes system to enable service users to both view their electronic pregnancy record and input into them.
Collaborative working is progressing with other LMSs to promote a vision for single point of access for all Staffordshire women.