The Scottish Government has announced a 5-year maternity and neonatal care plan, following the completion of a national review.
The Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services in Scotland was first introduced in February 2015, with the aim to review and improve maternity services in the country.
Since the review was completed, the Scottish Government has now produced a 5-year plan for maternity and neonatal care.
The Best Start report outlines key recommendations, including: continuity of carer, putting women and babies at the centre of care, multi-professional working and a new model of neonatal intensive care services.
The recommendations also highlight plans to accommodate service changes, such as transport services, providing remote and rural care, education and training, and improvements to IT and data resources.
Review Chair and Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley, Jane Grant, states in The Best Start report: “Our current services have evolved over many years and the time is right for a refreshed model of maternity and neonatal care – based on the current available evidence, best practice and feedback from families and frontline staff to design and further improve existing services.”
According to the report, the key recommendations will be implemented through prioritisation and phasing to ensure implications of these changes are managed effectively.
The Best Start Report can be found on the Scottish Government website here.
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