From Mary Barlow, Maternity Transformation Programme Lead
There's been lots going on in the Maternity Transformation Programme since our last update. Including the following recent activity:
- The Maternity Five Year Plan narrative has been submitted to NHS England. The finance template has also been submitted in relation to the Local Maternity System funding received and the progress on the spend to the end of Quarter 2
- We have taken part in wave 2 of the Maternity & Neonatal Safety Collaborative, establishing maternity safety champions; the Local Maternity System (LMS) has strong links with both the provider and the Maternity & Neonatal Safety Collaborative
- We now have a new Project Support Officer within the Maternity Transformation Programme team. She is already making contacts with the Maternity Voice Partnership and wider stakeholders; planning engagement events to include the re-launch of the MVP, planned for February 2020
- Our Facebook page has been reinstated to encourage existing and new champions to become more involved and support the Together We’re Better Communications and Engagement Team in organising focus groups ahead of the formal consultation.
- The Maternity Voice Partnership is now working towards the needs of local women and families, prioritising hearing the voices of minority groups and those who may face health inequalities
- 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
- Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have each commissioned stop smoking in pregnancy services
- Staffordshire/Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire Perinatal Mental Health Steering Group are planning a joint Perinatal Mental Health event for April 2020, bringing people together who have an interest in this area to explore future directions in line with the NHS Long Term Plan
- Women in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can register their pregnancies, and can access their details throughout their pregnancy, no matter where they choose to go within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The provider Trust, UHNM, is one of the few units to capture the entire maternity journey electronically.