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Women together: How the NCT harnesses consumer power to effect change. Elizabeth Duff NCT Senior Policy Adviser. Women together: How the NCT harnesses consumer power to effect change. NCT- who we are. Network of 320 branches covering 100% of UK Supports parents before and after birth

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women together how the nct harnesses consumer power to effect change

Women together: How the NCT harnesses consumer power to effect change

Elizabeth Duff

NCT Senior Policy Adviser

nct who we are
NCT- who we are
  • Network of 320

branches covering 100% of UK

  • Supports parents before and after birth
  • Maintains a community network of support groups, events and resources for new parents
what we do in direct support services
What we doin direct support services
  • Antenatal and postnatal courses for over 70,000 parents
  • Breastfeeding counsellor support to over 65,000 parent
  • We link up 1,000 - plus parents with special experiences through our register which puts parents in difficult situations in touch with each other
  • We answer over 85,000 queries to our helplines each year
influencing the agenda from the grass roots up
Influencing the agenda from the Grass Roots Up

230 NCT Reps

  • Working locally on MSLCs
  • Working regionally and nationally on NICE Guidelines, NMC committees, Maternity Care Working Party, RCM Campaign for Normal Birth, RCOG Consumers Forum etc

1000 Activists

  • Saved maternity units threatened by local reconfiguration
  • Won judgments against formula company advertisements
  • Lobbied for introduction of the right to breastfeed in public

57 NCT ReNs

  • Evidence base underpinning all NCT work
who do we want to influence
Who do we want to influence?
  • Legislators
  • Policy makers
  • Health practitioners

Also …

  • Media
  • Voluntary sector partners
  • The public
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Department of Health press release

2 March 2011

‘Changing the way we pay the NHS’

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley speaks at the Nuffield Health Trust Annual Summit.

  • “We have a system in the NHS misleadingly called ‘Payment by Results’. The current system has perverse incentives. … encouraging a reactive approach that increases the chances of last minute interventions.”
  • “Take maternity services - it’s in the best financial interests of the hospital to provide care on a purely reactive basis, dealing with problems as they arise rather than preventing them from happening in the first place. The hospital benefits. The mother does not.
  • “Whether at home, in a midwife-led unit or in an obstetric unit, mothers-to-be should be supported by an integrated service .. focused on the outcomes – a healthy baby, a healthy mother and a good birth experience.  The tariff should support the quality and service needed, not distort it”.
working together
Working together
  • NCT is a partner in developing services at local, regional and national levels
  • NCT believes midwives are essential to women’s positive experience of birth and transition to parenthood
  • All women need a midwife some need a doctor too
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Thank you for inviting me and

thank you for listening!

Elizabeth Duff

[email protected]

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