5.2 Supporting research

Research teams may approach Maternity Voices Partnerships to ask for service user input. This goes beyond the standard expectation of an MVP. However, if the MVP team has capacity, supporting research may be considered consistent with the MVP’s purpose, ethos and values, as an extension of the involvement of service users at all stages of decision-making in relation to maternity services. It may also be rewarding for local service users to participate in and a valuable service in terms of furthering knowledge and understanding in maternity care.