Local Maternity System Workstreams

There are a number of workstreams in place across the DTHRW, NTWD and WNEC LMS areas:

Personalised care centred on the woman, her baby and her family, based around their needs and their decisions and their decisions, where they have genuine choice, informed by unbiased information

Continuity of carer to ensure safe care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect in line with the woman’s decision.  The NHS England Continuity of Carer guidance can be found here

Safer care with professionals working together across boundaries to ensure rapid referral, and access to the right care in the right place: leadership for a safety culture within and across organisations (link back to maternity patient safety learning network)

Postnatal care should be led by the woman’s own midwife, who should help her to develop the element of her personalised care plan, and provide care alongside others

Perinatal mental health care: The mental wellbeing of women and their families is as important as the physical wellbeing of the women and developing baby – the NHS needs to consider this in an integrated way. (link back to perinatal mental health)

Prevention: Maternity services have a unique role in supporting parents of all backgrounds to maximise their own mental and physical health whilst also equipping parents with the skills, information and confidence to maximise their child’s emotional, physical and cognitive development.

The role of Local Maternity Systems is to implement strategies and services to improve women’s health before, during and after pregnancy, give every child the best start in life, and reduce health inequalities.

Neonatal care: Maternity services cannot be considered in isolation and are inextricably linked to neonatal services, which are key in delivering optimal outcomes for babies. The Maternity Clinical Network works closely alongside the Northern Neonatal Network, a link to their website can be found here