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.
Perinatal Mental Health Network
The Northern England Perinatal Mental Health Network was established in 2015 and works closely alongside the Maternity Network and Mental Health Network. The network has two dedicated Clinical Leads and a Network Delivery Lead along with administrative support.
Perinatal mental health networks play an important role in supporting strategic planning and local delivery.
Networks perform a range of functions, including providing specialist advice to:
- Commissioners to support local decision-making on what a good service should look like
- Services, including maternity and mental health services (community and inpatient), for example on the development of materials to support preconception advice, including the use of medication
- Facilitating training, including general awareness, core professional training and specialist training
- Encourage research and supporting routine outcome monitoring, audit and evaluation of local services.
Fetal Medicine Group
Chair: Dr Lesley Walker
Vice Chair: Dr Vedrana Caric
The Fetal Medicine Group is made up of obstetric fetal medicine leads including Consultants, sonogrpahers, screening and specialist midwives from provider Trusts in the Northern England 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.
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 Northern England Clinical Networks.
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.
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 Northern England Clinical Networks 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 LMS 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:
- Clinical Governance
- Local Supervising Authority
- Maternity Clinical Network
Safety Learning Communities:
Rhona Collis https://vimeo.com/354926093
How a Learning Community is different to other meetings: Karen Hooper https://vimeo.com/327619337
Enabling a group to maintain learning values:
Dr Stephen Sturgiss https://vimeo.com/327619622
Maternity Dashboard Summary Meeting
The maternity dashboard was developed in 2017 to help the Maternity Network understand current services and help guide focus and discussion to areas that needed investigating. A means of recognising good practice and sharing across the North East and North Cumbria as well as a identifying areas that need improvement.
There is a quarterly Steering Group meeting where members review the most recently received quarter of data, identify any anomalies and then check back with Trusts. The dashboard will also identify areas to follow up at either the Maternity Patient Safety Learning Network or LMS Boards.
Labour Ward Leads Group
Chair: Dr Jemma Yorke
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.
Pre-Term Birth Task and Finish Group
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.
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.