4.7 Representation

An established Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is likely to be providing service user representation at a range of commissioner and provider forums, as well as at Local Maternity System/Integrated Care System and possibly regional level. Local trust-level meetings might include:

  • Labour ward forum
  • Maternity guidelines/governance meetings
  • Patient experience committee
  • Workforce interview panels

These representative roles may be shared between service user members of the MVP. In this case, it may be necessary to arrange a process for ad hoc payments to service users. The NHS England and Improvement policy on remuneration and expenses for public voice partners can again provide a useful reference for determining which roles should attract involvement payments.