Real continuity of care and much better postnatal support are just two of the benefits mums to be in North West London can now expect, following an announcement by NHS England.
Real continuity of care and much better postnatal support are just two of the benefits mums to be in North West London can now expect, following an announcement by NHS England that the eight boroughs will lead the way in top class maternity services.
North West London has been selected by NHS England as one of seven areas from across the country to test a range of new and innovative ways of working to help transform maternity services.
Pioneering work has already taken place to improve maternity services across its eight boroughs. In 2015 improvements were made providing all women with better access to senior doctors, a better environment to give birth in and more time with midwives as their numbers were significantly increased. These improvements have ensured that North West London is already delivering many of the new standards that were set out in the National Maternity Review ‘Better Births’ that was released earlier this year
Dr Mohini Parmar, Chair of Ealing CCG, GP lead and co-chair of the North West London Maternity Network, said: “This is really wonderful news for maternity care in NW London. We have come a long way in the last two years in improving care, to be recognised for that work and asked to continue it further is a great result for all our midwifery staff and the women that use our services. Our share of the extra £8million funding means we will be able to make further improvements to maternity care more quickly than we otherwise could.”
Mandish Dhanjal, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Imperial, Clinical Director of Maternity and Chair of North West London Maternity Network, said: “Changing our maternity services has meant we are able to respond to the increasing numbers of women with complex needs during pregnancy. The changes have allowed us to provide a consistently higher quality of care, through pooling our expertise and staff and increasing the number of midwives and consultants in our sector.
“This has meant that we have already made significant progress delivering the vision for maternity set out in Better Births – but with the help of the Early Adopters programme, we would like go further and make sure we have continuity of care for women before birth, during birth and post birth.”
As a result of being an early adopter of the NHS England scheme:
- Each woman will have a named midwife who will coordinate her care.
- A small team of midwives will provide continuity of care throughout the maternity pathway
- Introduce new models of care based on the better birth outcomes
You can also read NHS England’s full press release on the early adopters scheme.