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Implementing Better Births: Transforming Midwifery Services to Improve Quality, Safety and Choice
12 October 2016 at 10:15 am - 4:30 pm
In recent years, the midwifery profession has faced significant challenges, not least in terms of meeting increased service demands at a time of shrinking resources. Nevertheless, maternity services have notably improved. The stillbirth and neonatal mortality rate in England has fallen by over 20% in the last ten years. Yet, while services have improved, staff shortages remain an acute problem. The State of Maternity Services 2015 report from the Royal College of Midwives calculated that the country needs 2,600 more midwives to be able to cope with the number of births the country is experiencing, despite the fact that there was slight decrease in the number of babies born in 2014, down 0.3% from the previous year.
In February 2016, as part of the Five Year Forward View, the Maternity Review Team published, Better Births: Improving Outcomes of Maternity Services in England. This document set out a vision for maternity services across England “to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly.” The report also called “for all staff to be supported to deliver care which is women centred, working in high performing teams, in organisations which are well led and in cultures which promote innovation, continuous learning, and break down organisational and professional boundaries.”
Following the report, NHS England announced the creation of the Maternity Transformation Programme, established to implement the vision of Better Births under the leadership of a Maternity Transformation Programme Board.
Thus, as midwifery services take their first steps to implement these changes at the same time as they confront persistent challenges, both financially and operationally, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for all practitioners working in midwifery and maternity services, to explore how to achieve the aims set out in the Maternity Review to ensure consistent improvements in midwifery services across England in the coming years.
- Examine the key recommendations of the National Maternity Review and consider how they can be best implemented
- Evaluate the role of the Maternity Transformation Board in providing leadership and direction in realising the vision set out in Better Births
- Assess the impact of National Personal Maternity Care Budgets on improving choice and ensuring quality and choice
- Explore the need for better postnatal and perinatal care for mothers and their families
- Gain insights into ways barriers can be broken down and how professionals can be encouraged to work together effectively to improve maternity outcomes
- Understand the impact of Brexit on the maternity workforce, and ways to overcome the current challenges of recruitment and retention through development of training and skills
- Hear from colleagues working within Maternity Choice and Personalisation Pioneer Sites, discuss their experiences and consider next steps for implementation
- Learn lessons and share best practice on the current issues and challenges facing maternity professionals across the country
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The Public Policy Exchange are offering a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates for all bookings received by 09 September 2016. If you would like to attend this conference, please book online at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).