5. Pioneering

Since Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) were established in 2017, they have continued to evolve. Sometimes this is in response to events and new requests; often it is down to the drive and imagination of MVP members and the process of working together to resolve local issues and act on local feedback. Getting the basics in place as described in earlier sections of this toolkit will provide the conditions for your members – staff and service users – to innovate, to enable others to learn from your work, and to influence the future of coproduction in maternity services. How you choose to develop your MVP will depend on the particular community that you serve and the individuals who step forward to get involved. This section of the toolkit is not therefore prescriptive or to be expected of all MVPs but aims to give some examples of ways that MVPs have already gone, or may in the future decide to go, beyond the standard expectation.