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Why refresh the framework?. Policy landscape, evidence and knowledge has moved on since 2001We need a strategic framework that meets a number of challenges, including??Unequal access, care and experienceUnequal maternal and infant outcomes ? for key groups across the life courseUnequal in

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Refreshing the Framework for Maternity Services in ScotlandMags McGuire Deputy Chief Nursing OfficerChristine Duncan Change Manager, Maternity Services
why refresh the framework
Why refresh the framework?
  • Policy landscape, evidence and knowledge has moved on since 2001

We need a strategic framework that meets a number of challenges, including……

  • Unequal access, care and experience
  • Unequal maternal and infant outcomes – for key groups across the life course
  • Unequal involvement and engagement of women
  • Emerging demographic and epidemiological challenges
  • Scotland’s diverse geography and demography- remote and rural, urban, mixed, small populations, concentrated populations, homogenous communities, diverse communities…….

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the approach so far
The Approach so far….

Synthesising ‘old’ and ‘new’- applying the key dimensions of Healthcare Quality - person centred, safe and effective

Nothing taken out but some merging and some key additions needed, for example-

  • addressing inequalities in access, experience and outcomes
  • health improvement gaps- maternal and infant mental health, parenting capacity
  • Performance/service improvement measures
being clear about the unique contribution of maternity services
Being clear about the unique contribution of maternity services

2 specific roles

  • As a partner with other NHS services and other public and third sector services
  • In providing quality services that are sensitive to inequalities- using the 6 dimensions and 7c’s of quality
not starting from scratch it s a busy landscape
Not starting from scratch- it’s a busy landscape!……
  • KCND and Maternity Pathways
  • Neonatal services-expert group and MCNs
  • Antenatal inequalities working group- evidence into action guidance for NHS Boards-
  • Caesarean section review of trends- expert groups recommendations-into practice?
  • Patient and user involvement report
  • Health improvement gaps
  • Workforce- development and planning
  • Evaluation of SWHMR…
  • Antenatal education-mapping and curriculum development
  • Vulnerable families …………………
what do we need to strengthen
What do we need to strengthen?
  • Skills for assessment and response to multiple and complex needs- (assessing and managing risk)
  • KCND ↔Vulnerable pathways
  • Mechanisms for tailoring of services-planning, workforce etc
  • Measuring service improvement- looking at technical and quality measures-for example-caesarean section rates, access data, patient experience feedback, complaints…….
  • Embedding the Girfec practice model
shifts in perspective
Shifts in perspective?
  • Thinking about maternity services as part of the bigger NHS and Public Service picture
  • Thinking about the relationship between medical and social risk
  • Taking a life course perspective not a service perspective
  • Using women’s experience of care to improve service quality

Thinking about equity in the quality of care, effective and person centred for every woman and her baby

the cultural challenge
The Cultural Challenge
  • health inequalities are avoidable and can be reduced
  • maternity services have a critical role as a universal NHS service to women and infants
strengthening universal services not the same services for everyone
Strengthening Universal services not the same services for everyone

‘Delivering health and other services that are both universal and appropriately prioritised to meet the needs of those most at risk of poor health, and that seek to prevent problems arising, as well as addressing them if they do.’

(Equally Well 2008)

tailoring works
Tailoring works…

For example-

  • Age specific antenatal care has been shown in studies from the USA, Australia and the UK to significantly reduce the preterm delivery rate (12% vs 26%),
  • the incidence of low birth weight babies (5% vs 14%),
  • increase the uptake of post natal contraception (77% vs 36%- up to 1/5 of teenagers are pregnant again within 3yrs)
  • breastfeeding (20% vs 2%).

Ref: NICE draft guidance on socially complex pregnancies

equity in the quality of care every woman every baby every time
Equity in the quality of care-every woman, every baby, every time
  • Caring and compassionate staff and services
  • Clear communication and explanation about conditions and treatment options
  • Effective collaboration between clinicians, patients (and others involved in providing care and supporting the patient)
  • A clean and safe care environment
  • Continuity of care and good access to care
  • Clinical excellence
format at present
Format (at present….)
  • Evidence base
  • Overarching principles
  • Service descriptors: pregnancy- birth- post natal care
feedback so far
Feedback so far
  • Right direction
  • Need to emphasise maternity services as part of a bigger system- joins between pre-conceptual children and adult services
  • Performance measures are welcome
  • Tension between choice/want v need- needs to be explicit
  • New clinical challenges need to be highlighted- maternal age, obesity, neonatal care etc
next steps
Next Steps
  • Writing group meeting on 15th June
  • Further feedback gathered over the summer
  • Consensus day in October
  • Circulated with ministerial approval- November/December
  • Development of implementation plan post- December
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Thank You…

We look forward to your feedback!

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