A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an independent team made up mainly of women and their families; commissioners (people who plan, buy and monitor services); and providers (people who deliver services such as midwives and doctors). The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commission health services and the Local Authority (LA) commission public health and social care and support services. A Maternity Voices Partnership provides a way for this team of people to design and improve maternity care together. All these different people working together to share ideas and identify solutions for the design and improvement of maternity care is called co-production.
An MVP has the potential to contribute significantly to local maternity strategy, guidelines and policies, patient information services, clinical services and commissioning plans. With the current challenges faced locally at the moment, it is really important to hear women’s voices to inform service redesign. To make sure services work for all women and their families. A fully functioning MVP would listen to these collated views, including those harder to hear views, and bring them together with the views from staff and commissioners to form a comprehensive view of existing and potential future services. However, its function is more than simply to listen. It is a way of discussing challenges and ways of overcoming them, across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin (and Powys), to provide co-produced solutions.
There are 5 basic principles:
- To work together, creatively, with respect, to develop solutions.
- To work together as equals, promoting and valuing participation. To listen to and seek out the voices of all women, families and carers using maternity services, making sure people from diverse communities have a voice. Especially those voices that are difficult or unusual to hear.
- To use personal experiences as evidence.
- To understand the importance of staff experiences and how that impacts on experiences for women, families and carers, and vice versa.
- To hunt for continuous quality improvement with a particular focus on closing inequality gaps.
All women in the area (and their partners and families) are able to participate in an MVP either by giving feedback to it or by becoming an active member.
Our Local MVP
Our local Maternity Voices Development Co-ordinator is Louise Macleod. Louise's role is to work with women and families as well as staff working in or with maternity services to help them have a say in service design and delivery and to actively seek feedback on maternity services. She will be establishing systems to provide feedback to local people about changes taking place and how their views have informed these changes and will be acting as an ambassador for patient, professional and public voices.
The next exciting step in developing our partnership is to create more local groups for you all to get involved in. We have tried to split down Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin so that each area is covered. Louise has created sub groups for each of the areas.
The aim for these groups is that there will eventually be “Chairs” for each group who will help direct the individual groups and feedback to the wider Partnership and “Ambassadors/Reps” who will help spread the word to get more people involved but who will also be key in making important and valued decisions. Each group will work in whichever way suits them whether it be only via the facebook groups or by meeting face to face. We are keen to get a good spread of families and providers in each group to help create an environment where all voices can be heard and where feedback can be delivered. If you are interested in being even more involved in the development of the Partnership and in the future of the Maternity Services then have a look and join the group that suits you. If you are interested in becoming a “Chair” or would like more information on what this would entail then please get in touch.
The groups are as follows:
Central Telford MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Stirchley, Dawley, Malinslee, Lawley, Hollinswood and surrounding areas to come together and develop the local MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/451429648629858/ - Central Telford
North Telford MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Wellington, Hadley, Donnington, Okengates and surrounding areas to come together and develop the local MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2047325968874995/ - North Telford
South Telford MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Woodside, Madeley, Sutton Hill and surrounding areas to come together and develop the local MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1231900023606602/ - South Telford
Central Shropshire MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Shrewsbury, Chirbury and surrounding areas (Including Welshpool/Powys) to come together and develop the MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/172785600105764/ - Central Shropshire
South West Shropshire MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Ludlow and surrounding areas to come together and develop the local MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477097702419436/ - South East Shropshire
North East Shropshire MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Whitchurch/Market Drayton and surrounding areas to come together and develop the MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477097702419436/ - North East Shropshire
South East Shropshire MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Bridgnorth and surrounding areas to come together and develop the local MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1996184967299646/ - South West Shropshire
North West Shropshire MVP - This is for the women, families and providers from Oswestry Ellesmere and surrounding areas to come together and develop the local MVP group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/285794581957626/ - North West Shropshire
If you are interested in being involved in reshaping future maternity services, there are various ways of getting involved:
- You can visit the MVP twitter account @MVP_Shrop_TW
- Please click on this link to join the FB group
How you can get involved
Promotion of the MVP
We are also looking for women and their families to assist us with attending events, such as expectant mother events and other promotional opportunities to talk to other women and their families about the work we are doing and to inform them how they become part of the transformation. If this is something you wish to be involved in then please contact Louise on the contact details above.
Join your local MVP group and become involved in all future transformation.
There will be plenty of opportunity to get involved in improving our local maternity services over the next coming months so please keep an eye out for future events and projects.
SaTH have recently have changed our neonatal hypoglycaemia polies in line with the national agenda- Avoiding Term Admissions Into Neonatal units. This is a Programme of work initiated under patient safety to identify harm leading to term admissions. Current focus is on reducing harm and avoiding unnecessary separation of mother and babies.
Why is this important ?
Mothers and babies have a physiological and emotional need to be together: hours and days following birth.
- The first hour of life outside the womb is the time when a family is formed. A once-in-a-lifetime experience to be cherished and protected.
- Important for physiological stability of baby and beginning of maternal infant interaction
- The benefits of skin-to-skin care extend beyond birth. The mother learns about her baby’s needs and how to care for,comfort and soothe her newborn.
SaTH have looked at other trusts who have successfully launched this and have used ideas such as the traffic light system to identify mothers & babies at risk. Early identification and care planning will reduce term admissions to the neonatal units and reduce separation issues for mothers and their babies, This will in term support perinatal mental health and the associated issues with separation for mums and babies.
SaTH have chosen to simplify this and go for just red hats to identify all babies in at risk groups. This will alert staff at point of delivery to ensure appropriate care pathways are commenced. These hats are single patient use and can then go home with parents and be kept as keep sakes as part of their babies journey.
SaTH would welcome support from local knitters to help us reduce term admissions and to keep mums and babies together. We have approx. 5000 births per year in Shropshire & Telford so all donations greatly appreciated. SaTH require hats in all sizes, from 1.5 kg upwards to 4 kg babies.
MVP Engagement Events
Come along to our Maternity Voices Engagement Events:-
23rd November 2018 10-1 at Civiv Centre, High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1AX
26th November 2018 10 - 1 Mayfair Community Centre, Easthope Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6 BL
12th December 2018 10 - 1 at the Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5QZ
To view information from the Maternity Voices Partnership event which took place on the 26th February 2018 please click here.
To view information from the two Continuity of Carer events which took place in June 2018 please click here.
To view information from the Perinatal Menta Health Whose Shoes event which took place on 29th June 2018 please click here.
To view information from the Co-production event which took place on 19th July 2018 please use the links below:-
Staff and members of the MVP along with local photographers have been working together on the internal improvements of Shrewsbury MLU. These improvements include the addition of a birthing couch, decoration of the delivery rooms and two murals which will be displayed in the delivery rooms.
Staff and members of the MVP having also been working on improvements to the hand held pregnancy book and the new version is expected to be published later this year.
MVP Summer Newsletter
To view the MVP Summer Newsletter please click here.
What is currently going on in Shropshire
Currently, in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, there is a lot going on which is affecting our Maternity Services a leaflet has been produced to help explain the different strands of work, with separate organisational responsibility, and how they all fit together.
To view this leaflet please click here
To view the infographic please click here