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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, sonographers, 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.

Final Terms of Reference Fetal Medicine Group v0.5

Meeting dates (all are held at 1400-1630)

  • 27 January 2023
  • 19 May 2023
  • 5 July 2023
  • 27 October 2023



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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.

Draft Terms of Reference Maternal Medicine Group 2020

Meeting dates (all are held at 1400-1600)

  • 18 April 2023
  • 18 July 2023
  • 17 October 2023



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

Maternity Patient Safety Learning Network Terms of Reference

Meeting dates (all are held at 0930 – 1230)

  • 27 March 2023
  • 19 June 2023
  • 18 September 2023
  • 18 December 2023



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 (all are held at 1300-1530)

  • 10 January 2023
  • 7 March 2023
  • 27 April 2023
  • 29 June 2023
  • 12 September 2023
  • 7 November 2023 (cancelled)



Intrapartum Care Group

Chair: Dr Therese Hannon

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.

Intrapartum Care Group Terms of reference V2 (draft)

Meeting dates (all are held at 1400-1600)

  • 24 March 2023
  • 26 May 2023 (cancelled)
  • 21 July 2023
  • 22 September 2023 (postponed to 29 September)
  • 24 November 2023




Pre-Term Birth Group

Chair: Dr Alex Patience

Vice Chair: Dr Louise Michie

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.

Pre Term Birth Group Draft Terms of Reference

Meeting dates

  • 9 January 2023 – 0900-1130
  • 9 February 2023 – 1330-1600
  • 6 March 2023 – 0900-1130
  • 6 April 2023 – 1330-1600
  • 15 May 2023 – 0900-1130
  • 8 June 2023 – 1330-1600
  • 10 July 2023 – 0900-1130
  • 10 August 2023- 1330-1600 (now cancelled)
  • 4 September 2023 – 0900-1130
  • 5 October 2023 – 1330-1600
  • 6 November 2023 – 1330-1600
  • 11 December 2023 – 0900-1130



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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