A major review of maternity services which is set to modernise care for women and babies across the country, will be led by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, NHS England have announced.
The review, promised in the NHS Five Year Forward View, will assess current maternity care provision and consider how services should be developed to meet the changing needs of women and babies.
Baroness Cumberlege who brings a wealth of experience in healthcare leadership said:
‘NHS England recognises just how important the experience of childbirth is to women, their partners and the new born child. Though the majority find the care they receive to be good, this is a chance to raise standards of safety, to innovate and to explore how maternity services can best meet the needs of today’.
‘I see this review as an opportunity for parents to shape the services they want professionals to deliver. The team will travel widely in England to listen and to seek out and assess innovative models of care here and abroad.
‘Shortly we will let you know how you can help. I will welcome the ideas of parents and professionals alike’.
A review team of professionals, including RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick, will work closely with Baroness Cumberlege on reviewing the UK and international evidence and making recommendations on safe and efficient models of maternity services, including midwife-led units.
The review team will report its findings by the end of the year.
For further information visit NHS England