Child and Maternal Health
Update from Jane Grant – Implementation Programme Board
This morning I chaired the first meeting of the Implementation Programme Board. I was delighted to see a number of familiar faces around the table, as well as new colleagues, who contributed their views and experience to The Best Start, and whose energy and enthusiasm will carry forward into the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report.
There is no doubting the scale of the challenge facing us to implement the 76 recommendations over the coming years. We are starting from a strong foundation with the care already delivered across Scotland. The recommendations reflect the views and desires of service users and health care professionals across the country so I know the enthusiasm is there to get going as soon as possible!
The Programme Board today agreed their terms of reference and initial structure going forward. This will see the creation of sub-groups that will focus on the nationally deliverable recommendations. Continuity of carer, neonatal model of care and person centred care are amongst the key priorities for each of these groups over the next few months.
During the review, the group knew that engagement with both service users and professionals was key to designing a system of care that meets the needs of everyone involved. The implementation phase of this is no different and the Board discussed that the communication and engagement of our plans and progress will be extremely important. To begin this, a series of events will be held later this month and in early July and will afford any interested parties the opportunity to come along and hear more about the review and the recommendations. To find out more and book a place for one of these events, please click here.
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