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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


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


Nct who we are
NCT- who we are effect change

  • 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 do effect changein 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 effect change

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? effect change

  • Legislators

  • Policy makers

  • Health practitioners

    Also …

  • Media

  • Voluntary sector partners

  • The public



Eileen hutton
Eileen Hutton effect change


Department of Health press release effect change

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 effect change

  • 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



Partners alliances
Partners & alliances effect change


Nct big weekend 2010
NCT Big Weekend 2010 effect change



Reclaiming birth rally
Reclaiming Birth rally effect change


Bath rally
Bath Rally effect change


No room at the inn
No Room at the Inn effect change


Thank you for inviting me and effect change

thank you for listening!

Elizabeth Duff

[email protected]


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