Child and Maternal Health
Best Start Implementation – Early Adopter Boards announced
Today the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced that five Early Adopter Boards have been selected to lead the way across NHS Scotland in implementing a package of recommendations from The Best Start report.
We were overwhelmed by the interest in becoming an Early Adopter Board and I want to thank every Board who expressed an interest in working with us. This illustrates the commitment across NHS Scotland to making the aspirations of Best Start a reality for women and families.
The five Early Adopter Boards are
• NHS Forth Valley
• NHS Highland
• NHS Lanarkshire
• NHS Lothian
• NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (part Board – Clyde only)
These Boards will lead in implementing:
• the midwifery continuity of carer model for all women, including vulnerable women and families;
• a new model for hospital based maternity services, including postnatal neonatal care; and the associated core workforce;
• aligned and co-located midwifery and obstetric teams;
• enhanced roles for support workers in the community and in community hubs;
• Community Hubs for the delivery of maternity care and, in-time, neonatal outreach.
Having these five Boards working with us from the outset will enable learning for NHS Scotland from a range of geographical areas and settings and they will begin planning for implementation of this package in 2018.
Continuity of carer in particular is what women told us they want, what staff told us they want to be able to provide and the evidence tells us delivers better outcomes for women and babies. I am delighted that we have made this key step in the journey towards implementation and that women in these five Boards will begin to experience continuity of carer for their antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care and to have that care delivered as close to home as possible through Community Hubs.