Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) should be local, (not LMS-wide) user-led and well-resourced with a team of volunteers out in the community listening well to women and their partners about their maternity experiences and co-producing future care with them.
A summary of practical steps including budgets, administrative support, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) links, stakeholders and family friendly meetings from consultant midwife Pauline Cross based on her experience of setting up MVPs across South East England.
The London Clinical Network has published guidance to support commissioners in setting up and sustaining Maternity Voices Partnerships. This “one-stop shop” guide for commissioners about MVPs and contains the following:
- outlines the statutory obligations for CCGs to consult with the public and explains why MVPs are an ideal vehicle for them fullfil this obligation in maternity
- provides some examples of the impact of MVPs in London and beyond
- includes a funding template outlining what an MVP needs funding for
- includes a business case (written by a commissioner) for funding MVPs.
This resource has been truly co-produced with commissioners, service user representatives and healthcare professionals. While its been produced for London, we are hoping it will be of use across England.
When first setting up your MVP you will need a terms of reference, role descriptions, a logo and maybe a flyer. We have developed a range of adaptable templates you can download and edit to help you get started.
Volunteering to be part of a Maternity Voices Partnership is an important role where you can make a difference to local maternity care. Find out more about what is involved.