Would you like to make a difference to your local maternity services?
What is the Maternity Voices Partnership?
The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a forum for maternity service users, providers and commissioners of maternity services to come together to design services that meet the needs of local women, parents and families in the Morecambe Bay area.
Members include mums, dads, parents-to-be, grandparents, NHS doctors and midwives from the local area and members of local community groups who provide their services and support to expectant mums and new parents and babies.
Meetings are held on a two monthly basis in a relaxed atmosphere to encourage people to discuss their experiences. Whether you attend once or come to every meeting, these opportunities for discussion are invaluable in helping us develop your local maternity services. Service users also hold their own informal groups in between the full MVP.
I have young children. How can I attend?
Babies and children are welcome at these meetings. We aim to hold meetings in local Children’s Centres, where possible.
Alternatively, we can reimburse childcare expenses on production of a receipt from an Ofsted accredited childcare provider. We also reimburse travel expenses on submission of a mileage claim form.
Why should I get involved?
Being part of the MVP is a great way for you to express your views on the maternity care received during pregnancy, throughout the birth and postnatal care.
There are opportunities to meet and talk to other parents either individually or in a group setting about your experiences of maternity care in our area.
We value your views and opinions, as these enable us to shape the future of your maternity services. By giving us your feedback we can make real change to the care mums, dads, parents to be and grandparents recieve. You can read here examples of changes that have take place as a result of feedback to University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).
We have also been working with UHMBT and have influenced the content of the new app which brings together pregnancy and newborn information in one place you can read more about the app and how to access it here.
15 Steps Challenge
First impressions count – they should inspire confidence and trust in your care. Thinking about the first 15 steps from a patient perspective brings the patient’s and carer’s views into the process. We wanted to create a resource that would help us to look from a patient perspective and bring the patient and carer’s voice into improving care, BUT we need to see through “fresh eyes”.
What do patients and carers think? And want to improve?
The 15 steps challenge is simply a short toolkit that is easy to use, focusing on feedback and continuous improvement. You can find out more about the toolkit here and see the recomendations which were made by the MVP Chair together with a patient respresentative when they used this method for the first time.
How do I get in touch?
MVPs were originally called Maternity Service Liaison Committees (MSLCs). Nationally, these are now evolving into MVPs. National Maternity Voices is the national group of MVP service user chairs in England. They provide networking, advice and mentoring for chairs and service user members. For more information go to the National Maternity Voices website.
We also have a Facebook page you can follow: https://www.facebook.com/baywidemvp/.
Reports and Information
You can access the groups terms of reference using the following link:
Download the 2019 Maternity Voices Partnership Annual Report
Download the 2018 Maternity Voices Partnership Annual Report
Download the 2017 Maternity Voices Partnership Annual Report
Download the 2016 Maternity Matters Annual Report.
You can also view the results of the maternity services survey completed by Healthwatch November 2015 by using the following links:
Our work during the COVID - 19 Pandemic
Between August and September 2020, the collective Maternity Voices Partnerships for Morecambe Bay, Fylde Coast, Cantral and Pennine Lancashire designed and distributed a survey to capture the experiences fo families who had been pregnant or given birth through the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can read the report here.
As we have now entered another period of restrictions we have kept the survey open so that we can continue to monitor the thoughts and feelings of those experincing Maternity care at this difficult time.
You can access the survey and tell us your views using the link below