The North Central London (NCL) maternity network is one of seven maternity systems across England to be chosen by NHS England to lead the way in transforming local maternity services in line with the National Maternity Review, ‘Better Births’.
The Network, which brings together commissioners (Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Camden and Islington CCGs), providers (North Middlesex, Royal Free, UCLH and Whittington Health Trusts) and maternity service users in North Central London, has been selected to make improvements to maternity services for people living in Barnet, Enfield, Camden, Haringey and Islington over the next two years.
Improvements include developing a central system which will make it easier for women to access maternity services across the area and offer a more personalised approach to care. There will be a greater emphasis on community based maternity care, delivered by small groups of midwives within community hubs where the mum can access a wide range of relevant services. The aim is to ensure that women are able to get to know the midwives who can support them throughout and after pregnancy.
Work will begin in December 2016 to align the project with the NCL Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for maternity services where a detailed implementation plan will be developed. Changes are expected to take place over the next two years.
Julie Juliff, Head of Maternity Commissioning at Haringey CCG said: “It is absolutely crucial that all new and expecting mums and their families are able to access safe, high quality care that meet their needs.
We all look forward to working together to deliver improved maternity services that will support mums and help ensure their babies get the best start in life.”
UCLPartners will support the network in delivering these improvements and to evaluate progress.
Jenny Mooney, Head of Programmes at UCLPartners, said: “Being selected as one of only seven sites in the country to test a range of new innovative ways of working is a testament to the strength of North Central London’s vision to transform maternity services.
We are delighted to be working with, and supporting, our local partners on this important project that will have a demonstrable impact on the lives of local mothers and their families.”
*Image courtesy of Queen’s Hospital, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust