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Maternity Transformation Programme 
Bulletin No.79:   6th August 2021

Maternity News
For a copy of the last MTP Bulletin and a listing for all previous MTP Bulletins please use this index link

International breastfeeding awareness week 1 – 7 August
The first week in August marked international breastfeeding awareness week, which gave the opportunity for us to showcase some examples of supporting infant feeding during the covid pandemic on social media. Lancashire and South Cumbria showcased the work of their Baby Friendly Guardians, while West Sussex introduced Milk! which supports women and their families with infant feeding via phone, virtually or face to face. You can find out more about the UNICEF Baby Friendly standards here.

Virtual LMS Leadership Event. - Wednesday 14th July.
Thank you to all that attended. 
Access to the event documents can be made on the MTP Collaboration Hub folder LMS Leadership Event 14 07 21.
Available documents include presentation slides and supporting documentation with links here:

If you don't already have access to the Collaboration Hub please follow this registration link
Working together to deliver the Neonatal Critical Care
The Working together to deliver the Neonatal Critical Care Review Webinar has been uploaded to the Collaboration Hub and is available to view in the Neonatal Critical Care folder here:
Other useful supporting documents for Neonatal Care including  NCCR implementation can be accessed from this workspace.
If you don't already have access to the Collaboration Hub please follow this registration link

Vaccination in pregnancy - RCOG welcomes Chief Midwifery Officer's campaign
New data suggests that the overwhelming majority of pregnant women who are being hospitalised with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.
Data from UKOSS, also suggests that the severity of women’s illness appears to have become worse since the first wave. In comparison to 24% of pregnant women admitted in the first wave having moderate or severe disease, this increased to 36% of women with the Alpha variant and 45% with the Delta variant.
Both RCOG and RCM have been calling for all pregnant women to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
RCOG welcomes the campaign that Chief Midwifery Officer for England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, has commenced by writing to fellow midwives and GP practices across the country, stressing the importance of encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated, as the most effective way of protecting women and their babies against the effects of COVID-19.
The letter - which also contains links to supporting documents and resources can be downloaded here

Women's Health PPV - Pelvic Floor Health Programme and improving care.
NHS England and NHS Improvement are seeking to recruit Patient and Public Voice Partner’s (PPV) for the Pelvic Floor Health Programme, who are committed to improving care for women presenting with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and rectal prolapse.

There are currently 2 vacancies available;

  • member of the Pelvic Floor Oversight Group which oversees the progress of the programme as a whole, and
  • membership for a specific work stream on developing a ‘best practice’ pathway, which will help build on existing NICE guidance and make care pathways for SUI, POP and rectal prolapse more personalised.

The PPV should have either personal experience of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and rectal prolapse, which may include having had a pelvic mesh implant or rectopexy, or be in close contact with patients through an associated support network.  We welcome applications from patients who have had positive or negative experiences.

These will be Expert Advisor Roles (Level 4) and can therefore receive an involvement payment of £150 per day and out of pocket expenses, for an estimated time commitment equivalent to six days per year.  Applicants should note that you cannot usually be appointed as a PPV (at role 4) if, at the same time, you are employed by the NHS (exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis) or are a practising healthcare professional. 

The closing date for applications is next week, 23:59 on 11 August 2021. Further details of the roles and how to apply can be found here.
Please share this request for applications through your local and social communications network 


 Dates for your diary

Equity Strategy Webinar
6th September 2021:  14:00 - 16:00

The 2021/22 planning guidance (implementation guidance) asks every LMS to coproduce an equity and equality action plan. (analysis by 30th Sept and action plan by 31st Dec 2021)
This webinar will include presentations from Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent and good practice examples from Local Maternity Systems. 
The event is scoped for people responsible for developing and/or implementing LMS equity and equality action plans and for those with oversight of this process.
To register for your place please use the eventbrite link here

Aide Memoir – Links to online resources 

National Maternity Dashboard
 RCOG – Landing Page for all Infection and Pregnancy guidance 
 RCM - Landing Page for all covid-19 guidance 
 SBLCBv2: Covid-19 information 
 Revised Guidance PPE – from PHE 
 HEE - Landing Page for Covid-19 training programme for health and care workforce 
NICE - landing page for all COVID guidance and resources
NHS Resolution – Covid-19 related guidance: including Early Notification and maternity incentive scheme Link
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