1.2 How to use this Toolkit

This Toolkit is aimed at all those involved in developing and maintaining Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs). This includes staff from maternity commissioner and service provider organisations, MVP chairs and vice-chairs, Local Maternity System staff and any organisation commissioned to provide support for an MVP.

This Toolkit summarises existing guidance on MVPs, brings together resources that you may find helpful and sets out some options for developing and maintaining effective MVPs. There are some principles for establishing MVPs that existing NHS guidance makes clear should be applied in all parts of England. Where this is the case, we will refer to the relevant source. In all other cases, the content of this Toolkit is not prescriptive.

The Toolkit is structured according to the MVP’s stage of development:

This is to help you find the section that is most relevant to your situation. If you’re looking for a specific topic, then you may wish to do a keyword search to find the relevant section.