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Getting a whole system view of mental health services – Debra Gilderdale

In the latest of a series of blogs about the Mental Health Implementation Plan launched earlier this week, the Deputy Director of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust discusses the development of its First Response service to deliver 24/7 support and tackle its out of area beds crisis. If you’re working in mental health, February […]

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NHS sets out plan to road test maternity services of the future

NHS England has today (21 July) laid out new plans to improve maternity services and is calling on local areas to road test new ways of working. The Maternity Transformation Programme has now identified nine working areas to take forward implementation of the recommendations set out in the report of the national maternity review, Better […]

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Celebrating the midwife – Professor Jane Cummings

In the first of a series of three blogs, the Chief Nursing Officer for England marks International Day of the Midwife:                                                       On 5 May each year the role of the midwife and the midwifery profession are internationally recognised and celebrated for the significant contribution they make to maternal and child health. International Day of […]

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Sarah-Jane Marsh appointed Chair of NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme Board

Sarah-Jane Marsh, the Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been appointed by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens as the Chair of the new Maternity Transformation Programme Board. The National Maternity Review: Better Births, published earlier this year, set out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women […]

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NHS England announces new action to cut stillbirths

NHS England publishes new guidance that aims to reduce stillbirths in England. There are currently around 665,000 babies born in England each year, but there are over 3,000 stillbirths. Despite falling to its lowest rate in 20 years, one in every 200 babies is stillborn in the UK, more than double the rate of nations […]

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Social media can help improve the maternity experience – Kath Evans

As NHS England announces the winners of its Maternity Challenge Fund – where trusts competed for cash awards to take forward exciting initiatives to turn maternity patient feedback into service improvement – NHS England’s Maternity Experience of Care Lead talks about the new opportunities for boosting insight: Creating an environment of continuous learning and improvement […]

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Winners of Maternity Experience Challenge Fund announced

Two winning applications* have been given the go-ahead under the #MatExp Challenge Fund for innovation in using patient feedback to make improvements in maternity services. Judges have selected the winners from 64 entries for the #MatExp Challenge Fund, which was announced to trusts last month. The winning entries are: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay – […]

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New initiative aims to improve maternity services through patient feedback

Maternity services have been invited to bid for money from a new Challenge Fund aimed at finding innovative ways to use patient feedback to improve services. Emails with full details have gone out to chief executives of all trusts inviting them to put in their bids to be among the two to four projects that […]

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Maternity review sets bold plan for safer, more personal services

Maternity services in England must become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly. That’s the vision of the National Maternity Review, which today (Tuesday) publishes its recommendations for how services should change over the next five years. The NHS England commissioned review – led by independent experts and chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege – […]

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