Maternity and children - maternity work programmes

We support the delivery of high quality healthcare for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period, babies and their families across the East Midlands, now and for future generations. We bring together commissioners, providers and stakeholders via our maternity clinical reference group and other work group.

We aim to improved outcomes and experiences for women and their babies by transforming care within maternity services through the reduction of unwarranted variation of both locally and specialised commissioned services. We are also responding to the national review of maternity services and supporting women who experience stillbirth and those who have higher risk pregnancies. This includes those with a high body mass index, those who are socially disadvantaged and, working with the mental health network, those who require mental health services. In addition, we have a work programme to enable a network delivered sustainable fetal medicine service accessible to all women in the East Midlands, which supports care close to home.

We also act as a critical friend to those organisations who require independent clinical expertise. To ensure that the woman’s voice is central to our work with maternity services East Midlands maternity patient and public involvement workshops were held in January 2014 and in January 2015.

We will be supporting the national priority actions outlined in the National Maternity Review:

  • Support implementation of the national maternity review, including:
    > building the momentum and will for change to transform service in line with the review's vision for safe, personal, kind, family focused and professional maternity services across England
    > support clinical commissioning groups in planning for sustainable maternity services, with more services being delivered in the community
    > support local maternity systems with investigations when things go wrong to ensure there is greater consistency, and learning is shared widely
    > work with the national maternity team in NHS England to design the implementation programme and put building blocks in place for transformation over 5 years
  • Support local commissioners and providers to share information, best practice and learning, to benchmark against each other and drive improvement in the quality of services across the region, with a relentless focus on the outcomes of care.
  • Support local commissioners and providers in ensuring that specialist services are available to women and babies with more complex needs as close to their homes as possible, and that clear pathways are in place linking maternity, neonatal and paediatric services.
  • Support implementation of the Saving Babies Lives care bundle to reduce stillbirths
  • Work with the clinical commissioning group assessment panel for maternity to provide local intelligence to inform annual assessments, and support those health economies who are rated "requires improvement" or "inadequate" to improve.
Our maternity programmes are led by Mr Marwan Habiba, Maternity Clinical Director. Marwan is a consultant gynaecologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leicester. He became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1991 and a fellow in 2004. He has many publications including on health service delivery and research, medical ethics and abnormal uterine bleeding.

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