Training and Events

Training from National Maternity Voices

National Maternity Voices offers training packages for your region, Local Maternity System or local Maternity Voices Partnership.

The training can be multidisciplinary, or designed especially for service user members or MVP chairs. It can be delivered face to face or online. This training is designed to support collaborative working and help ensure MVPs are effective as possible.

Examples of content for a full day (6 hour) multidisciplinary training (can be split into 3 x 2hr online):

  • The purpose of a Maternity Voices Partnership, a brief history and its place in Better Births and the Long Term Plan
  • The importance and value of coproduction
  • How to gather feedback ensuring that all voices in the community are heard
  • Making MVPs inclusive and diverse and amplifying the voices of Black, Asian, and Minoritised Ethnic groups
  • Membership: who should be a member of your MVP? How to attract members and who is missing?
  • Exploring barriers to multidisciplinary working and how these can be overcome
  • Reflective practice and what is expected of an MVP member (service users and health care professionals)
  • Setting priorities and forming workplans

Prices for a full day start from £1,000 (exc. venue, travel costs and refreshments)

Examples of content for a half day (3-4 hour) MVP chair training (can be split into 2 x 2hr online):

  • The purpose of a Maternity Voices Partnership, a brief history and its place in Better Births and the Long Term Plan
  • The role and remit of an MVP chair – reflective practice, setting boundaries, understanding where the role begins and ends
  • Chairing skills
  • How to get started and what to do first (for newly established or relaunched MVPs)
  • Where to go for support in your role

Prices for a half day start from £625 (exc. venue, travel costs and refreshments).



Read what attendees of previous days have said about the training:

“I’d thoroughly recommend it to all”

“Excellently facilitated”

“[The training is] informative and insightful”

“What a brilliant session….I needed it when I started and I’m so thankful for it now”

“We now have much needed clarity on our roles and responsibilities”

To book training or to talk more about your training requirements, please email Laura at


NMV co-produces events and webinars for MVP chairs, service user representatives and staff with NHS England. We can provide speakers and facilitators for events and conferences.

Mentoring service

Current and former MVP service user chairs and experienced service user representatives have undertaken mentor training with NHS England. The mentors nurture and develop new (and more experienced) MVP chairs and service user representatives.

Further Training Resources

NHS England works with a large number of Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners. Their training offer includes Learning for NHS England PPV partners and staff working with partners (non-accredited courses and Learning for patients and the public (accredited courses).

e-learning for Healthcare has designed this free Cultural Competence tool  to support clinicians and professionals, many of whom may be MVP members. It provides a resource of information and opportunities for professionals to reflect and review their own understanding and practice.

NCT  created free resources for MVPs to use:

NCT VOICES priority setting and workplan exercise

NCT VOICES working with MSLCs and Maternity Voices Partnerships – an assessment tool to assess progress and plan next steps

NHS Smart Guides to Engagement series for everyone working in or with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The guides have been written by experts to provide straightforward advice on all aspects of patient and public engagement in an easily digested format.

CASP offers critical appraisal skills training workshops and tools to help people read and check health research for trustworthiness, results and relevance.  

DISCERN a validated methodology to assess the quality of written information on care or treatment choices. It can also be used as a training tool for health professionals to improve communication and shared decision making