Maternity choice and personalisation

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The NHS Long Term Plan and the accompanying guidance, Universal Personalised Care, made commitments to delivering choice and personalisation in maternity services, complimenting the recommendations in the national maternity review, Better Births.

Our work is enhancing the choices available in maternity services, building on the work of the Maternity Choice and Personalisation Pioneers and helping Local Maternity Systems (LMS) to deliver more choice and control for women and their families by providing a personalised approach to their maternity journey.

The staged implementation of the recommendations from Better Births, which was published in February 2016, enables best practice across all of the LMS’, using tools and resources co-developed and tested by the Pioneers, with women and their families.

Our Maternity Choice LMS Support Package focuses on providing support to LMSs to achieve their deliverables detailed in the NHS contracting guidance; to:

  • to deliver improvements in choice and personalisation through Local Maternity Systems so that by March 2021 all women have a personalised care plan.
  • to deliver improvements in choice and personalisation through Local Maternity Systems so that by March 2021 more women can give birth in midwifery settings.

Please contact england.maternitypioneers@nhs.net for further information or to request access to the Maternity Choice LMS Support Package.