Skip navigation

The Maternity Transformation 

News and presentations from today’s conference focusing on delivering the Maternity Transformation Programme in practice including learning from the early adopter and pioneer sites. National update sessions and practical case studies looked at moving forward with transforming maternity services and delivering the vision outlined in ‘Better Births’.

Delivering Safe Maternity Care
Gill Walton, 
Chief Executive, The Royal College of Midwives
Gill made the following points:
Influence, hear and translate are important/priorities
100 day plan- speaking to everyone involved and work with all the colleges, minsters and get an opportunity to drive the improvement
RCM purpose – promote, support and influence on behalf of our members in their interests and that of pregnant women and their families. We bridge the gap between policy and practice. We believe that leadership, partnership and safety.
Leadership- its about relationships. Important to understand each other's roles. 
Launch- groups from different level’s- called “one voice of common purpose”
Making sure everyone understand their role and involved with masterclasses which was launched 2 weeks ago- NSHI leadership masterclass for heads and directors of midwifery
2016- “caring for you”- success reporting back from midwifes, support works and everyone in the wards to help people in the work place and therefore work is carried out safer
Women and their families at our centre
Serious failures of team working and the importance of high performing teams
Influencing on behalf of our members and women
Safety- too much too soon, too little too late

Full PowerPoint Presentation

Learning from the lived experience: improving maternal mental health
Elaine A Hanzak, 
Survivor of Postnatal Illness & Perinatal Mental Health Advocate, Speaker & Author of ‘Eyes without Sparkle – A Journey through postnatal illness’ & ‘Another Twinkle in the Eye – contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness
Elaine wrote ‘Eyes without sparkle – a journey through postnatal illness’ (CRC Press, 2005) to offer hope and to challenge the stigma around mental health. It describes her experiences following the birth of her son.

Elaine commented; 1 in 4 suffer from post-natal depression.
Self help- five ways to wellbeing
Creativity- knitting helps to self help
Technique- control breathing- visual a burning candle
Listen still face experiment- Dr Edward Tronick- impact on infants but facial expression

Useful Resources

Improving experience of care in maternity services 
Kath Evans, 
Experience of Care Lead - Maternity, Newborn, Children & Young People, NHS England
Lisa Ramsey, Service User Voice Policy Manager for Maternity, NHS England

Pre-Event Abstract & Useful Links
The Maternity Experience of Care conversation will reflect on range on work that has taken place in recent years to continue to improve maternity experiences. The conversation will explore what learning can be adopted and progressed by local services with and for the public we serve. 

Useful resources that will be referred to include: 
Maternity Voices Partnership work 
Guidance for MPV in the Maternity Resource pack for LMS
National Maternity Voices website
RCOG Women's Voices Facebook forum 

Evidence base & examples of good practice in Maternity Experience

Maternity Experience Mobilisation work #MatExp  & supporting film

Care Quality Commission Maternity Survey links 2013, 2015, 2017

Seldom Heard Maternity Voices – mothers with Leaning difficulties
work with ‘Change People’ & Patient Experience Network

Maternity Bereavement Experience Measure & supporting resource, for local use, launched 22/6 Supported by London Maternity Network mat-bereavement-mbem-062017.pdf 

Miscarriage experience work

Maternity Challenge Fund Nobody’s Patient (Kingston) & Communication in Maternity (Morecambe Bay) & new work for 2017 (Gloucester, Southport & Omskirk, Northumbria) 

Maternity Experience 2018 Sustained mobilisation of partnerships, hearing seldom heard voices & development of a ’15 Steps/Walking the patch’ resource for services/MVPs
Address CQC Survey Results to be published in Early 2018
Further application of ALWAYS Events methodology to Maternity
Work with Care Opinion & Patient Experience Network to identify post-natal best practice 

Full PowerPoint Presentation

Future events of interest: 

Nurse Prescribing Summit 2018
Monday 19 February 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Friday 2 March 2018 
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Developing the role of the Nursing Associate
Monday 5 March 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix
Friday 9 March 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Advanced Nursing Practice & Credentialing
Monday 19 March 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

5 February 2018


    Partner Organisations

    The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation TrustInPracticeClinical Audit Support CentrePlayoutJust For Nurses
    GGI (Good Governance Institute) accredited conferences CPD Member ASGBI (Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland) professional partner BADS (British Association of Day Surgery) accredited conferences