Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review was published in February 2016 and set out a clear vision for maternity services across England.
In the Humber, Coast and Vale area we are working together to develop and deliver a comprehensive plan to improve local maternity services and implement the key recommendations of the Better Births review. Our work will be undertaken as part of the in-hospital priority area workstream and report into the STP Strategic Partnership Board.
We have established a Local Maternity System, involving all the providers and commissioners of maternity care in our local area. Together we have established a shared vision and a programme of work to plan and deliver better maternity care for Humber, Coast and Vale.
Our vision as a local system is to provide personalised maternity care delivered by integrated high quality services which deliver the experience and outcomes that our population needs.
We will be working to improve choice and personalisation in our maternity services, ensuring that all women are able to make choices about their maternity care, during pregnancy, birth and postnatally. We will ensure that women have a personalised care plan and are offered continuity of care across all our services.
We will also be focusing on improving safety of maternity care, working to halve the number of stillbirth and neonatal deaths, maternal death and serious brain injuries during birth by 2030 and ensure we are investigating and learning lessons when things go wrong.
Working groups have been established in order to take forward work on four key priority areas:
- Choice, Personalisation and Continuity of Care
- Safer care
- Better postnatal and perinatal mental health
- Multi-professional working / working across traditional boundaries
Over the coming months these working groups will engage with stakeholders and begin to develop plans for each area.