4.14 Working at provider-level

The essence of a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is bringing together staff and service users at a local level where they can coproduce practical changes based on feedback from local women, birthing people and families. The largest part of an MVP’s work is therefore likely to take place at provider level. Each local provider – e.g. obstetric unit, midwifery-led unit, neonatal service, health visiting service, children’s centres, perinatal mental health service – will have at least one link person who attends MVP meetings and liaises with the service user leadership team (e.g. Chair and Vice-chair). This person can ensure that relevant information is provided to the MVP, help to identify opportunities for coproduction with the MVP and generally act as a champion for coproduction and the MVP within their service.