Find below information about our Maternity network programme and the Local Maternity System, as well as links to useful documents.   

 

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Maternity network programme 

Who are we?

  • We are a group of people who are involved with either providing, receiving or commissioning (i.e. buying) maternity care
  • We are clinically led by a senior obstetrician and midwife who are supported by the network team
  • The work of the network is overseen by a maternity steering group, which includes doctors, midwives, patients, commissioners (people who “buy” health services to be supplied to people), public health workers and other people who drive improvements in this area
  • The maternity steering group reports to the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Maternity Transformation Board
  • Work is delivered alongside the Strategic Clinical Network Perinatal Mental Health Network and with partners from the Local Maternity System (LMS), Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC), North West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (NWNODN) and Health Innovation Manchester
  • The area we cover is Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire.

 

What are our aims? 

  • Developing a strong, cohesive maternity strategic clinical network team
  • Identifying and enabling a truly engaged and empowered steering group
  • Reducing variation in maternity services across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire
  • Making sure patients, carers, doctors, nurses and families have a voice in designing and developing services
  • Identifying and supporting the implementation of best practice and improved services, as recommended by doctors and nurses
  • Working with our partners to improve safety 

 

How do we do it?

  • Networking and partnership working allows our steering group to identify where improvements can be made
  • Once identified, special interest or task and finish groups are established with designated leads, as well as representation by appropriate disciplines, to develop guidelines through gaining clinical consensus across the network to improve services and reduce variation
  • Lead and/or facilitate working groups which are aligned with delivering the SCN work programme.
  • Currently, the special interest groups are:
  • Maternity dashboard 
  • Stillbirth
  • Saving Babies' Lives
  • Maternal medicine
  • Small for gestational age/fetal growth restriction
  • Reduced fetal movement
  • Induction of labour 
  • Premature and preterm rupture of membranes
  • Vaginal birth after Caesarean section 
  • Preventative medicine 
                 

How can I get involved?

  • The views of the public are very important to us. Our Patients, Carers and Public Involvement Engagement Advisory Group plays an important role in our steering group
  • To contact us to find out more about how to get involved, please call 0113 825 0892 for a chat or email us at england.gmec-scn@nhs.net

Meet the team

  • Fran Davies, Project Officer, Maternity and Childrens
  • Sarah West, Senior Project Manager, Maternity & Perinatal Mental Health
  • Joanne Langton, Quality Improvement Programme Manager, Maternity & Perinatal Mental Health
  • Alison McGovern, Programme Lead, Maternity, LMS and Childrens SCN
  • Eileen Stringer, SCN Midwife Clinical Lead
  • Karen Bancroft, SCN Maternity Clinical Lead

  

Resources

 

Perinatal Mental Health 

 Who are we?

• We are a group of people who are involved with either providing, receiving or commissioning (i.e buying) perinatal mental health care
• We are clinically led by a consultant psychiatrist and a consultant Clinical Psychologist for parent infant mental health, who are supported by the network team
• The work of the network is overseen by a perinatal mental health steering group, which includes doctors, midwives, patients, public health workers and other people who drive improvements in this area
• The work of the PNMH network dovetails with the work of the GMHSCP Perinatal Infant Mental Health transformation group
• The Perinatal Infant Mental Health transformation group reports to the GMEC CYPMH Board and the PNMH network reports to the GMEC Maternity Transformation Board
• Work is delivered alongside the SCN Maternity Network with partners from the Local Maternity System (LMS), Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC), North West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (NWNODN) and Health Innovation Manchester
• The area we cover is Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire

What are our aims?


• Developing a strong, cohesive PNMH strategic clinical network team
• Identifying and enabling a truly engaged and empowered steering group
• Promoting a culture change to ensure perinatal mental health has the right place and priority in general adult mental health, obstetric and heath visiting practices
• Reducing variation in the delivery of mental health services to women and their families across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire
• Making sure patients, carers, doctors, nurses and families have a voice in designing and developing services
• Identifying and supporting the implementation of best practice and improved services, as recommended by doctors and nurses
• Working with our partners to improve safety

How do we do it?

• Networking and partnership working allows our steering group to identify where improvements can be made
• Once identified, special interest or task and finish groups are established with designated leads and representation by appropriate disciplines to develop guidelines through gaining clinical consensus, across the network to improve services and reduce variation
• Lead and/or facilitate working groups which are aligned with delivering the SCN work programme.

Currently the special interest groups are:
o Local Maternity System PNMH
o Pathways
o Screening and outcome measures
o Training and workforce development

How can I get involved?

• The views of the public are very important to us. Our Patients, Carers and Public Involvement Engagement Advisory Group and Families with lived experience group play an important role in our work programme

• To contact us to find out more about how to get involved, please call 0113 825 0892 or email us at england.gmec-scn@nhs.net

Meet the Team:
Sarah West, Senior Project Manager, Maternity & Perinatal Mental Health
Joanne Langton, Quality Improvement Programme Manager, Maternity & Perinatal Mental Health

 

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Local Maternity System

Who are we?

  • We are a group of people who are involved with either providing, receiving or commissioning maternity care
  • The work of the LMS is overseen by the Maternity Transformation Board, which includes doctors, midwives, Maternity Voices Partnership, Neonatal Network, Health Visitors, commissioners, public health workers and other people who drive improvements in this area
  • Work is delivered alongside providers by partners from the Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) and North West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (NWNODN)
  • The area we cover is all maternity providers within Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire

 

What are our aims?

  • Developing a strong, cohesive maternity system
  • Bring together providers involved within maternity and neonatal care ensuring the services are person-centred, safe and of a high quality for mothers and babies through pregnancy, birth and postnatal period 
  • Reducing variation in maternity services across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire 

 

How do we do it?

  • Making sure service users, clinicians, key stakeholders and families have a voice in designing and developing services allows our steering group to identify where improvements can be made
  • Support the implementation of National Maternity Review, Better Births
  • Lead and/or facilitate working groups to meet objectives within GM&EC Implementation plan to achieve Better Birth recommendations. These areas are:
    • Safety
    • Choice and personalisation
    • Continuity of carer
    • Postnatal care
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Neonatal care
    • Contracting and pricing
  • Manage the introduction of the improvements and then evaluate their impact

 

How can I get involved? 

  • The maternity Transformation Board meets quarterly and a newsletter is distributed following this meeting with updates from the group and progress on work within the plan. The latest newsletter can be found here.
  • To get involved or receive the next newsletter please email gmec-cmpc@nhs.uk

 

Meet the team 

  • Richard Preece – Executive Lead – Quality for GMHSCP, Chair of the Board
  • Julie Cheetham – Associate Director for SCN, Programme Director for LMS
  • Karen Bancroft and Eileen Stringer – Clinical leads
  • Alison McGovern – Programme Lead for LMS, Maternity and Children’s SCN
  • Jennifer Sager – Senior Project Manager for LMS

  

Resources

 

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Attachments:
Download this file (Cardiac disease in pregnancy - quick reference guide.pdf)Cardiac disease in pregnancy - quick reference guide.pdf[Cardiac disease in pregnancy (short version)]129 kB
Download this file (Cardiac disease in pregnancy guideline .pdf)Cardiac disease in pregnancy guideline .pdf[Cardiac disease in pregnancy (full version)]435 kB
Download this file (GMEC PROMs Before 37 weeks Guidelines FINAL V1.0 Ratified 20180831.pdf)GMEC PROMs Before 37 weeks Guidelines FINAL V1.0 Ratified 20180831.pdf[Pre-Labour Rupture of Membranes Before 37 Weeks Guideline ]496 kB
Download this file (GMEC SCN Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pregnancy Guideline V1i June 2018.pdf)Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pregnancy[Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pregnancy]417 kB
Download this file (GMEC SROM at Term 37 weeks plus Guidelines FINAL V1.0 Ratified 20180831.pdf)GMEC SROM at Term 37 weeks plus Guidelines FINAL V1.0 Ratified 20180831.pdf[Pre-Labour Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes]464 kB
Download this file (Hepatitis B in Pregnancy Guideline.pdf)Hepatitis B in Pregnancy Guideline.pdf[Hepatitis B in Pregnancy Guideline]135 kB
Download this file (Management of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss .pdf)Management of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss .pdf[Management of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss]936 kB
Download this file (Management of Stillbirth .pdf)Management of Stillbirth .pdf[Management of stillbirth ]914 kB
Download this file (Maternity and Newborn Implementation Plan for Better Births FINAL.pdf)Maternity and Newborn Implementation Plan for Better Births FINAL.pdf[Maternity and Newborn Implementation Plan for Better Births]2470 kB
Download this file (National Maternity Review Report .pdf)National Maternity Review Report .pdf[National Maternity Review Report ]3692 kB
Download this file (Safer Maternity Care Action Plan .pdf)Safer Maternity Care Action Plan .pdf[Safer Maternity Care Action Plan ]700 kB