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About Us

Our particular strength lies in channelling expert clinical advice and peer support to solve problems and build momentum for positive change.

What we do

Our particular strength lies in channelling expert clinical advice and peer support to solve problems and build momentum for positive change.

We facilitate change in the following ways:

  • Bring together diverse range of stakeholders
  • Provide a source of support
  • Provide clinical leadership and advice
  • Provide a forum for communication and dialogue
  • Facilitate the sharing of information and knowledge
  • Encourage a learning culture.

What is the Maternity Clinical Network?

Purpose of the Maternity Network:

  • To share information, best practice and learning, to benchmark against each other and drive improvement in the quality of services across the region
  • To ensure that specialist services are available to women and babies with more complex needs and ensure that they receive consistently high-quality treatment in centres with the right facilities and expertise, as close to their homes as possible.

Responsibilities of Maternity Clinical Network

The Maternity Network supports the North East and North Cumbria Local Maternity Systems (LMSs) to deliver the Maternity Transformation Programme.

The particular strength of the Clinical Networks lies in channelling expert clinical advice and peer support to solve problems and build momentum for positive change.

In this the Clinical Networks:

  • Ensure independent clinical advice is provided across systems through an honest broker approach, acting as a critical friend and providing constructive challenge
  • Champion the service user voice and coproduction as a key tool for local transformation
  • Work with LMSs to reduce unwarranted variation in clinical quality, in line with the Long-Term Plan
  • Work collaboratively with the Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSiP) to provide a coordinated and aligned systems approach to improvement
  • Share insights, promote best practice and innovation
  • Advise on the redesign and improvement in pathways and services
  • Encourage a networked approach to service delivery that enables women and their families to access services in the community wherever possible, whilst ensuring access to more specialist care when needed
  • Foster the regional maternity safety movement
  • Work closely with the Neonatal Operational Delivery Networks to progress the outputs of the neonatal critical care review.