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
Future involvment opportunities
Involvement in the Shrewsbury Midwife Led Unit refurbishment
We have a very exciting opportunity to be involved in the current refurbishment of the Shrewsbury Midwife Lead Unit. The MLU staff have approached the MVP and asked for a group of women to join with the staff to help with the finishing touches of the unit that is currently being renovated after the celling became damaged. There is a tight deadline with this work as we are hoping the unit will be ready to be reopened in sept. If you have an interest in helping make the new unit a wonderful comfortable place to have your baby and have the time to attend some meetings over the next few weeks then please get in touch. If you are interested but don’t have the time then keep your eyes peeled as some of the decisions will be coming this way.
To view the press release please follow the link here.
Continuity Of Carer Survey
What is continuity of carer?
First and foremost continuity of carer means that there is consistency in the midwife or clinical team that provides hands on care for a woman and her baby throughout the three phases of her maternity journey:
• The postnatal period
Secondly, it enables the co-ordination of a woman’s care, so that a named individual takes responsibility for ensuring all the needs of a woman and her baby are met, at the right time and in the right place.
Thirdly, it enables the development of a relationship between the woman and the clinician who cares for her over time.
Women have asked for more personalised care during maternity in order to enhance their antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal experiences and therefore, continuity of carer is a key theme of the Better Births report. Evidence has also shown that continuity of carer reduces risks and will make a significant contribution to reducing rates of stillbirth, neonatal death and brain injury during birth by 50% by 2030.
Please complete the online survey to help us gather information on continuity of carer in our local area.
We will use your answers to help us to improve maternity services.
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.
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