The CCGs are actively supporting the implementation of the recommendations within the National Maternity Review - Better Births. The CCGs have successfully launched the Pan Staffordshire Maternity Transformation Programme (Pan Staffs MTP) with members including the local authority, NHS providers, NHS England and women who use the services.
The Pan Staffs MTP has developed a Transformation Plan for the Local Maternity System (LMS). It has also been formally adopted as a workstream of the STP.
A benchmarking exercise, to determine where Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are against the recommendations of Better Births, was undertaken as part of the development of the transformation plan. A stakeholder engagement event was also held to ensure that the work of the Pan Staffs MTP reflected not only the recommendations within Better Births, but also the expectations of all stakeholders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The Transformation Plan outlines a significant programme of work and sets out a number of improvements to be made in the five years since the publication of Better Births. In summary, five workstreams have been established:
- Pan-Staffordshire Maternity and Newborn Quality and Safety Network – this workstream aims to reduce stillbirths, neonatal deaths and focus on clinical safety for women and their babies
- Pan-Staffordshire Maternity Voices Partnership – this workstream aims to work with the women and families of Staffordshire in co-producing the transformation plan, to transition from Maternity Services Liaison Committees and ensure the voice of women and their families is at the heart of any transformation
- Pan Staffordshire Maternity and Newborn Service Configuration Group – this workstream aims to work with the providers of maternity and newborn services to explore and implement new ways of working
- Staffordshire Early Years Advisory Board and Stoke-on-Trent Children and Young People Strategic Partnership – working in partnership with local authority’s public health to undertake a broad spectrum of health improvement measures such as smoking cessation and healthy lifestyles
- Pan Staffordshire Perinatal Mental Health Network – this workstream aims to improve women’s access to specialist community perinatal mental health services and to align services across the LMS footprint
With funding received from NHS England, a project team has been established to work in partnership with our NHS providers, local authorities and others (including the voluntary sector) to deliver Better Births to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. To find our more visit the Together We’re Better website here: https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/about-us/our-work/maternity-children-and-young-people