For Dorset, This will include:

Improving personalised care planning

By empowering women to develop plans to meet their needs. Care plans will set out and document the decisions made about the care and support required; throughout their maternity journey by:

  • Enabling women to access the latest evidence and assessment of their needs by developing and implementing a standardised risk assessment tool across Dorset to ensure consistent pathways across providers, within the following 12 months.
  • Using digital solutions to support the development of personalised care planning
  • Adopting any learning from the pioneer sites of the introduction of NHS Personal Health Care Budgets to improve choice and personalisation of care.

Improving postnatal care

Improving communication and postnatal support by working with GP’s, health visitors, neonatal specialists, public health and other stakeholders to progress the safe transfer of postnatal care for mother and baby (more detail will follow by end of April 2017).

Improving care for vulnerable and high risk groups of women and families

There will be focus to build on the existing models of care for vulnerable high risk women to deliver a consistent model of care pan Dorset by 2018.  This will include;

  • Providing access to the same small team of midwives (and where appropriate obstetrician) providing postnatal care in line with women’s decision to ensure continuity of carer embracing new models of care across the geography, co designing the model with staff and women and families.
  • This will be part of a phased approach over the next 2 years to develop a pan Dorset approach for all women to achieve continuity of carer across the whole maternity journey over the next 3-5 years.

Maximising opportunities to promote efficiency savings and value for money

Increasing and maintaining breastfeeding rates (metrics to be defined by end of April 2017).

Utilising the workforce through re-allocation of resources to improve maternity care, for example; including considering the use of maternity support workers, in a more productive and proactive way during the post-natal period to maximise the support that women receive. This will enable the release of midwifery time to support maternity care elsewhere throughout the maternity journey.

List of Key Contacts:

  • Belinda Doe, Community and Antenatal Services Matron, Poole General Hospital
    Email Tel: 01202 26 3154


  • NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dorset County Hospital
  • Poole General Hospital
  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital