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Clinical Network Groups

Clinically-led collaboration is the underpinning principle of the Maternity Network’s purpose. To achieve the local, regional and national ambitions for exceptional maternity care, a number of multi-organisational specialist groups are in place. Led by clinicians, these groups lead, shape, coordinate, implement and improve care services across the region. Learning, sharing and improvement are their key aims, providing an expert, collective voice.

Fetal Medicine Group

Chair: Dr Vedrana Caric
Vice Chair: Dr Gareth Waring

The Fetal Medicine Group is made up of obstetric fetal medicine leads including Consultants, sonogrpahers, screening and specialist midwives from provider Trusts in the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Network.

The group aims to:

  • ​Ensure that all units can participate in the development of fetal medicine services
  • ​Ensure that specialist services are available to all women and babies with more complex needs, and that the care they receive is consistently high-quality
  • ​That treatment is provided as close to women’s homes as possible and is of the similar standard wherever they live.

Meeting dates

  • 21 January 2022  14.00 – 16.00
  • 29 April 2022       14.00 – 16.00
  • 8 July 2022           14.00 – 16.00
  • 21 October 2022 14.00 – 16.00


Maternal Medicine Group

Chair: Dr Marie Smith, Consultant Obstetrician
Vice Chair: Dr Deepika Meneni, Consultant Obstetrician

The Maternal Medicine Group is made up of obstetric, physician, specialist nurse and midwife representatives from every provider trust in the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Network.

The purpose of the Maternal Medicine Group is to provide a forum where clinicians from across the area with an interest and/or specialist expertise in Maternal Medicine can discuss issues relating to the care of women with complex medical conditions, as well as creating regional guidance and referral pathways.

Meeting dates

  • 15 February 2022 14.00 – 16.00
  • 12 May 2022 14.00 – 16.00
  • 27 September 2022 14.00 – 16.00
  • 6 December 2022 14.00 – 16.00


Maternity Patient Safety Learning Network

Vice Chair: Karen Hooper

The Maternity Patient Safety Learning Network brings together representatives with an interest in risk management from across the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Network footprint.

Membership of the group is responsible for implementing changes and service development within their own areas and teams. The group is accountable to the LMNS Board.

The purpose of the Maternity Patient Safety Learning Network is:

  • To review risk management processes and share learning and good practice support trust risk management teams in implementation of national recommendations and initiatives
  • Provide a safe space to share learning from incidents, share good practice and challenges, and to seek advice and support
  • To share relevant local, regional and nation reports and identify any areas for regional support or collaborative working in relation to maternity patient safety
  • Work closely alongside LMS safety forums and MatNeoSIP patient safety collaborative to ensure joined up working across the region
  • Facilitation of external clinicians to attend identified case reviews.

To be a regional forum to discuss any issues of current interest to risk management and safety in maternity services including:

  • Sharing of case reviews: particularly relating to the key targets for improving maternity safety – maternal deaths, intrapartum stillbirths, term neonatal deaths within 24 hours, hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Sharing of audit and risk management processes to enable benchmarking, sharing of best practice and standardisation between units
  • Discussion and support to implement any national safety initiatives or responses to key maternity reports such as Each Baby Counts and MBRRACE
  • Sharing of guidelines, processes, examples of good practice and support for solving issues.

Membership is open to anyone and includes representation from:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Clinical Governance
  • Obstetrics
  • Local Supervising Authority
  • Maternity Clinical Network
  • Midwifery

Safety Learning Communities:
Rhona Collis

How a Learning Community is different to other meetings: Karen Hooper

Enabling a group to maintain learning values:
Dr Stephen Sturgiss

Meeting dates

  • 16 May 2022 09.30 – 12.30
  • 26 September 2022 09.30 – 12.30
  • 12 December 2022 09.30 – 12.30


Maternity Clinical Advisory Group

Joint chairs: Professor Stephen Robson, Clinical Network Lead (Obstetrics) and Jenna Wall, Clinical Network Lead (Midwifery)

The Maternity Network Clinical Advisory Group provides multi-disciplinary advice on the delivery of high-quality, safe and equitable maternity service and is developing a Learning Health System across North East and North Cumbria.

Meeting dates

  • 1 March 2022 13.00 – 16.00
  • 4 May 2022 13.00 – 16.00
  • 5 July 2022 1300 – 1600
  • 6 September 2022 13.00 – 16.00
  • 1 November 2022 13.00 – 16.00


Intrapartum Care Group

Chair: Dr Jemma Yorke

Vice Chair: Amanda Kennett

Forum where clinicians with an interest in intrapartum care can support each other by learning from each other, sharing of good practice and developing regional standards of care.

Meeting dates

  • 22 April 2022 14.00 – 16.00
  • 22 July 2022 14.00 – 16.00
  • 23 September 2022 14.00 – 16.00
  • 9 December 2022 14.00 – 16.00


Pre-Term Birth

Chair: Dr Alex Patience

The forum supports clinicians as they develop pre-term birth clinics (domain 5 with SBLv2), developing a North East and North Cumbria approach to reducing pre- term births including screening and management matters.

Meeting dates

  • 10 February 2022  09.00 – 11.00
  • 7 April 2022  09.00 – 11.00
  • 12 May 2022  08.00 – 09.00
  • 11 August 2022 09.00 – 11.00
  • 5 September 2022 13.30 – 15.30
  • 17 October 2022 09.00 – 11.00
  • 7 November 2022 09.00 – 11.00
  • 8 December 2022 09.00 – 11.00
  • 9 January 2023 09.00 – 11.00


Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network Advisory Group

The Perinatal Mental Health Network holds a quarterly Clinical Advisory Group meeting where stakeholders from across the North East and North Cumbria are invited to attend to discuss perinatal mental health services for our women, babies and families.

The meeting is also an opportunity to share learning and good practice between health and care professionals and provide advice and expertise to the wider system. It offers a safe and creative space to explore ways of improving care.

Maternal Mental Health Task and Finish Group