Child and Maternal Health
Update from Review Chair, Jane Grant
I’ve been waiting in anticipation to see the findings and recommendations from the National Maternity Review and was pleased to see the report published on 24 February. I’ve read it with great interest and congratulate Chair, Baroness Julia Cumberledge and her Review team in NHS England on their inclusive approach. I expect there will be some commonalities between our findings and those from the English Review.
The Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services in Scotland is moving at pace and we’re more than half way through a programme of engagement with professionals involved in delivery of maternity and neonatal services across Scotland. We’re holding meetings in each NHS Board area and so far we have heard from over 350 staff across the professions, from hospital and community settings. We’ve been to eight NHS Boards so far and will visit the remaining six over the course of the next two months.
These events have provided a wealth of information about exemplary services such as the heartening and pioneering work around support services for vulnerable women in pregnancy.
It’s been valuable listening to some of the issues and challenges that the services are facing, as well as considering what future services may look like. There’s certainly some common themes arising from the discussions and unique issues too. For example, we’ve been hearing a lot about continuity of care and the importance of data and IT and about existing roles and how they can be further developed to maximise potential.
For those who didn’t get the chance to join their local event, then there will be a further chance for staff to contribute at a national maternity and neonatal staff event in June. More information on the event will be made available in the coming weeks.
Focus group sessions with service users, parents and families have also been held across all NHS Board areas. The sessions are being organised by the Scottish Health Council (SHC) and the final focus groups will conclude in the next few weeks.
I’ve been hearing about the innovative approaches that the Scottish Health Council have been using to engage and involve a range of different groups in the community including those who are seldom heard, deprived and vulnerable, ethnic minorities, young people and dad’s groups. I look forward to seeing the report on their findings and would like to thank all the local SHC representatives who have lead these sessions.
How you can get involved?
If you haven’t had a chance to attend any of the NHS Board staff events or the Scottish Health Council focus group sessions, then there’s still time. We are keen to hear from as many people as possible.
Email your comments to the Review Team at: MaternityandNeonatalReview@gov.scot