Maternity

Joint statement in response to the independent investigation into maternal and neonatal deaths at university Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

We are deeply saddened by the tragic and inexcusable events described in this report. They should never have happened, and they must never be allowed to happen again. Our fundamental purpose is to ensure that every NHS patient is offered safe, honest and compassionate care, but the report is unequivocal that the care provided to […]

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NHS England announces national review of maternity care

NHS England has today announced details of a major review of the commissioning of NHS maternity services, as promised in the NHS Five Year Forward View. The review will assess current maternity care provision and consider how services should be developed to meet the changing needs of women and babies. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of […]

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Support where it’s needed most – Jenny Hicken

Jenny Hicken, a Network Delivery Facilitator for NHS England’s Northern Clinical Networks and Senate on Tyneside, looks at why the NHS needs the voluntary sector: Our team has recently received some training on the benefits of Patient and Public Involvement, and the role of the voluntary sector in supporting the work of the NHS. With […]

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Mothers to have their say on maternity services

Pregnant women and mothers are now having their say about NHS-funded maternity services. As it forges ahead with its commitment to transparency, driving up standards and listening to the voice of patients, NHS England has this week begun asking the Friends and Family Test (FFT) question in every NHS maternity unit across the country. The […]

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Guidance on the NHS National Friends and Family Test (FFT) for maternity services published

NHS England has published guidance on the NHS National Friends and Family Test (FFT) for maternity services. Alongside this guidance please read the note of clarification about women who have experienced a bereavement (document now only available on our archived website here). The guidance outlines the background and requirements for implementing, reporting and publishing the […]

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