Implementing Better Births

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

On 22 December 2017, the Maternity Transformation Programme published Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer, to help Local Maternity Systems (LMS) plan and deploy continuity of carer models in their services.

Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review, set out a clear recommendation that the NHS should roll out continuity of carer, to ensure safer care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect between women and their midwives. This relationship between care giver and receiver has been proven to lead to better outcomes and safety for the woman and baby, as well as offering a more positive and personal experience; and was the single biggest request of women of their services that was heard during the Review.

Since Better Births was published, LMS have come together across 44 geographies in England, with leadership, governance and the commitment to transform services to meet the expectations of their women and communities.

This document builds on the LMS Resource Pack, and provides practical guidance to LMS on how to develop a continuity of carer model within their services. It sets out how to identify an ambition and trajectory for implementation that take account of local circumstances and opportunities.

Please contact england.maternitytransformation@nhs.net or your local maternity Clinical Network with questions, comments or suggestions.

Implementing Better Births: A resource pack for Local Maternity Systems

On 28 March 2017, the Maternity Transformation Programme published Implementing Better Births: A resource pack for Local Maternity Systems, to coincide with the National Maternity Review’s ‘One Year On’ event.

In setting out the Five Year Forward View for NHS maternity services in England, Better Births recognised that its vision could only be delivered through transformation that is locally led, with support at national and regional levels.

The resource pack is designed to help Local Maternity Systems to lead and manage that local transformation. It provides advice on how to implement the key deliverables for Local Maternity Systems, and detail on key issues and complementary work that may be required to support these deliverables. For each deliverable, the Pack:

  • Recaps what Better Births says about the issue.
  • Explains what the national programme is doing to provide support.
  • Summarises what Local Maternity Systems might need to do and gives some pointers for how they might go about it.

Please contact england.maternitytransformation@nhs.net or your local maternity Clinical Network with questions, comments or suggestions.