Roundtable report by Ella Sprung, Chair of Sheffield MVP
National Maternity Voices (NMV) was invited to a discussion at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) about their next strategy, which will cover 2025-2030. Ella Sprung, Chair of Sheffield MVP attended. Continue reading “NMC Stakeholder Roundtable | 6 July 2023 | London”
In recent weeks, with the NHS 75th birthday approaching, I’ve been prompted to reflect on what is happening now that we’d like to see more of.
Here is my list: Continue reading “NHS75: what should we be doing more?”
Launch event report by Anne Marie Matarrese, Chair of Derbyshire Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership
On Monday 15 of May 2023, I attended the launch in parliament of the Saving Babies’ Lives Progress Report, by the Sands and Tommy’s Joint Policy Unit. The event was hosted by Olivia Blake and Cherilyn Mackrory, both MPs who have bravely shared their own stories of loss and work to raise awareness on this issue and drive improvements.
The event was attended by many MPs, as well as the Health Minister Maria Caulfield, representatives from national charities and organisations, as well as the Royal College of Midwives and Donna Ockenden. Many of those who spoke, from MPs to midwives, were bereaved parents themselves, with very different experiences of care. Hearing their stories in this context was a very powerful moment. Continue reading “Saving Babies Lives 2023: Where We Are”
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Baroness Julia Cumberlege, and Sir Cyril Chantler are stepping down from their roles in NHS England. National Maternity Voices (NMV) collated messages from Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MVP / MNVP) members to send with a token of appreciation for their incredible and long standing contributions to maternity and neonatal improvements and developments in England. Continue reading “NMV’s thanks key senior leaders moving on from NHS England”
Around 500 people gathered for this two day event in Leeds. As well as midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists and commissioner staff there were many MVP chairs, service user representatives and third sector colleagues. After so many online gatherings it was a delight to be able to have 1-1 conversations with people. Continue reading “Maternity & Neonatal Summit | 20-21 March 2023”
After nearly three years of remote working, it was wonderful to be in a room with dozens of other people interested in how service users can influence maternity and neonatal services.
Many people had been at the previous MVP unconference in March 2020 but many more had never met national colleagues face to face before. Continue reading “2023 Maternity & Neonatal Service User Summit: 16 January 2023”
National Maternity Voices third Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 22nd November 2022. We were pleased to welcome Jen Baldry as Chair of Council and Zenab Barry as a Director. Hannah Lynes stepped down as a director and was thanked for nearly 4 years of insight and diligence in support of effective MVPs. The annual report for April 2021 to March 2022 can be found here. It was agreed that future NMV council meetings will be open to all members, and that the criteria for membership of the CIC will be reviewed at the next council meeting in January.
What is the purpose of this national support?
This national support aims to support the effectiveness of local MVPs by supporting MVP chairs and members in their work. It complements local and regional support and focuses on those elements of support that can be provided most effectively at a national level.
What are the objectives for the national support offer?
The national support offer will focus on the following objectives (listed in the order of priority with which they have been raised with us by MVP members):
- To improve the alignment of MVP resourcing with the workload of MVPs,
- To raise awareness of MVPs amongst diverse service users and staff,
- To provide greater clarity around expectations relating to MVPs.
Who will deliver this support and how do we know it will meet the needs of MVPs?
National Maternity Voices (NMV) has been commissioned by NHS England to co-produce and deliver this support. Having now co-produced the support offer (see our report), NMV will work collaboratively with stakeholders including MVP chairs/members and NHSE, to ensure the support is aligned to the current needs of MVPs. We will evaluate the support by asking how well MVP chairs and members feel their MVP has been supported from a national level.
What support will be provided?
We will immediately start work on the following priority projects:
- Coproduce regular national video calls for and with MVP chairs, to facilitate communication between chairs and with national decision-makers.
- Identify the key NHS staff members who have influence over MVPs and communicate to them key elements of national guidance relating to MVPs.
- Coproduce an induction process and information pack for new chairs.
Other support will include the following activity, subject to ongoing collaboration with MVP chairs and members:
- Developing a resource bank for MVPs
- Facilitating national collaboration between MVP chairs and NHSE
- Email enquiries helpdesk for MVP members and others
- Peer support, provided through existing social media channels and additionally through the NHS Futures platform.
- Continuing support for the Nova Network alongside engagement with Black, Asian and ethnic minority MVP chairs about future support
- Map of MVPs on the NMV web site
- Focused newsletters/updates for MVP chairs and members.
- Raising the national profile of MVPs – e.g. responding to requests from national organisations for MVP chairs as conference speakers or other collaboration with MVPs.
- Training for MVP chairs and multidisciplinary groups offered as a paid-for service.
Last summer, we announced our involvement with the Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s Maternity Consortium.
As part of our contribution to the Consortium’s project, “Engaging with diverse communities to improve access to appropriate services for those at risk of poorer maternity outcomes”, we’re pleased to share our service user register with you.
We are currently prioritizing those from ethnic minority backgrounds, and those who live/work/volunteer in postcodes that fall within the last two most deprived deciles for signup to the register.
Return to NMV in Health and Wellbeing Alliance updates page for update blogs and other ways to get involved.