Child and Maternal Health

  • What is Best Start?

    18th July 2019 by

    We have looked at different recommendations in the Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland….but what is Best Start and what progress has been made with implementation?  Find out here! Best Start Overview Factsheet

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  • Best Start focus on: Using technology to bring care closer to home

    3rd April 2019 by

    Best Start Factsheet – Using technology to support care closer to home   What is it?   The Best Start recommends developing the use of technology within maternity services. The Scottish Government’s Realistic Medicine Strategy and the Clinical Strategy for Scotland also supports a move to delivering care closer to home. Previously this has relied...

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  • Best Start focus on: Continuity of Carer

    27th March 2019 by

    Best Start Factsheet – Continuity of Carer What is it? The Best Start recommends moving to a continuity of carer model of care for maternity. This represents a fundamental change in the way services are currently delivered. In the new model, midwives will work in small teams and manage a caseload of 35 women at...

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  • Best Start focus on: Transitional Care

    20th March 2019 by

    Best Start Factsheet – Transitional Care   What is it?   The Best Start recommends the development of transitional care to keep mothers together with their baby wherever possible.  The majority of babies currently admitted to neonatal units are late preterm (34 – 36+6 weeks gestation) and full-term infants with moderate additional care needs, for...

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  • Best Start evidence

    18th March 2019 by

    Did you know? The Maternity and Neonatal Review Group considered current evidence and best practice as well as the views of service users, the workforce and NHS Boards when coming up with the 76 recommendation in The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland. Read the evidence here:...

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  • Best Start Implementation Newsletter – issue 4

    30th January 2019 by

    Best Start – Newsletter – FINAL – January 2019 The fourth edition of Implementing The Best Start: The Journey from Policy to Practice is now available. In this edition you can read more about progress made implementing The Best Start, hear from midwives working in the Early Adopter Boards about how the new model is...

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  • Cabinet Secretary visits new Alongside Midwifery Unit in Forth Valley

    6th September 2018 by

    Pregnant women in NHS Forth Valley now have the full range of birth settings to choose from when they come to deliver their baby. Offering women choice is one of many recommendation included in the Best Start report published after the review of maternity services in Scotland. The unit is a pre-existing area of the...

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  • Glasgow maternity hospital achieves UNICEF accreditation

    8th May 2018 by

    The neonatal unit at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital (PRMH) in Glasgow is the first in Scotland to achieve UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation. The maternity hospital received the status for their high quality care of vulnerable babies and their families, encouraging parents to become the primary carer. Staff at the hospital work closely with...

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  • Neonatal Expenses Fund

    19th April 2018 by

    Ready for take off! On 1st April 2018 a new scheme was launched to allow parents of babies in neonatal care to claim expenses for travel, parking and meals. The Neonatal Expenses Fund (NEF) is a £1.5 million Scottish Government funded scheme that was announced in December 2017. In 2017 The Best Start: A Five...

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  • Mapping a Healthy Start in Life – The Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey

    9th March 2018 by

      In June 2015, the Scottish Government announced its intention to carry out the first Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey (MINS) in response to the cancellation of the previous UK-wide Infant Feeding Survey (IFS). The first Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey was published on 21 February. The information collected in this survey is not...

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