A key recommendation of Better Births was that NHS England should: “seek volunteer localities to act as early adopters” to harness enthusiasm for change and test the model of care described in the report.
To achieve this, we are now calling for expressions of interest from local maternity systems to test models of care to improve maternity services. We are expecting local maternity systems to align with Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints, so applications will need to be supported and approved by the identified leads for the STP footprint areas.
We want to identify early adopter local maternity systems who will take the vision from Better Births and deliver tangible action on the ground, leading to improved outcomes for maternity services. The experiences of the early adopters will pave the way for national roll-out of initiatives that deliver safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby, improve outcomes, and reduce inequalities. Early adopters will be crucial in delivering the objectives of the Maternity Transformation Programme.
There will be a limited amount of funding available to successful Early Adopter applicants to enable them to drive transformation at pace. The level of financial support will be determined by the breadth and level of ambition of the proposal.
In May 2016, NHS England announced a number of groups of CCGs who would be pioneers for the choice and personalisation elements of the model of care described in Better Births. The Early Adopters for the overall model of care will be able to learn from those pioneers, and will work together as part of a cohort of communities who want to go further faster in transforming maternity care for their women, babies and families.
Expressions of interest are welcomed from any STP footprint with the collective will and commitment to prioritise transformation in maternity care. This might include the choice and personalisation pioneers, but could also be from other areas including those STPs that require major change to secure sustainable services.
Annex A provides the context which applicants will need to consider when shaping expressions of interest. It provides background information, sets out our vision for the work of the early adopters, and details the criteria and process we will use for selecting them.
Annex B provides the application form that STPs will need to complete to be considered as an early adopter site. Expressions of interest must be received by Monday 19 September.
Completed applications should be submitted to the Maternity Transformation Programme team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 19 September 2016.