NHS England has announced plans to improve maternity services across England by testing new ways of working.
The Maternity Transformation Programme outlines nine working areas to trial recommendations stated in the National Maternity Review (Better Births recommendations).
These included supporting local transformation, personalising perinatal health services and promoting good practice for safer care.
NHS England is now encouraging local areas to become ‘Early Adopters’ to test different ways of working, as highlighted in The Maternity Transformation Programme. These areas will play a key role in paving the way for the initiatives to be rolled out nationwide.
Chair of The Maternity Transformation Board, Sarah-Jane Marsh, said: “Every mother, baby and pregnancy is special and unique – and deserves the very best care. Better Births has given us a powerful blueprint for how we can move towards safer, more personalised maternity services in England for each and every woman and baby that relies on us.
“We are resolute in our determination to implement this vision and move forward at a pace. We have already identified seven parts of the country that will pioneer choice and personalisation, and are now calling on more local areas to play a vital role in delivering the ambition by testing new approaches to maternity services across the country.”
NHS England is currently working with organisations including; Royal Colleges, NHS Improvement, the Department of Health, Health Education England and Public Health England, to implement Better Births recommendations.
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