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Maternity Transformation Programme 
Bulletin No.82:   27th 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

Obstetric Medicine training Expression of Interest now open - deadline 10th September
To support the establishment of Maternal Medicine Networks, funding and training capacity is available in 21/22 for up to 6 consultant-level physicians to achieve the RCP post-CCT credential in Obstetric Medicine.
Maternal (obstetric) medicine is an exciting subspecialty that encompasses caring for both women with pre-existing medical conditions who become pregnant, as well as those who develop medical conditions in pregnancy. Obstetric Physicians are consequently an essential element to meeting the Secretary of State for Health’s ambition to halve maternal deaths by 2025.
The national service specification for Maternal Medicine Networks will set out that every Maternal Medicine Centre should be jointly led by an obstetric physician, in addition to a consultant obstetrician.
For full information, please view the guidance and coversheet (if you do not already have access to the Maternity Local Transformation Hub, you can complete the access form here).

Maternal Medicine Network leads are invited to nominate consultant-level physicians to receive this training by submitting an Expression of Interest, or any questions, to by 10 September.

Updated RCOG COVID-19 guidance
RCOG have recently updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection in Pregnancy Guidance.

Maternity Support Workers: new e-learning programme available
A new Maternity Support Worker e-learning programme is now available. The Maternity Support Worker programme is based on 4 modules which complement the Maternity Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework.
The 4 modules are: anatomy & physiology; immunisation; legal and ethical frameworks; and screening.
 More information, including access details, is available on the Maternity Support Worker programme page.

Unassisted birth - new leaflet
A leaflet for women considering unassisted birth has been developed with service user input.  This provides information on how to ensure the baby can access an NHS number and the kind of personalised support that should be available to aid informed decision-making. The leaflet is available to download from the hub for use on your Trust websites or as appropriate. 
To join the hub if not already a member - please complete this form

Board Safety Champions Masterclass 3: Psychological Safety in the workplace
Friday 3 September 2021, 10:00 -12:30
The Safety Culture Programme is aimed at Executive Safety Leaders and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) – collectively known as Board Safety Champions.
Masterclass 3 is led by Chris Turner, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire. Chris is interested in governance and highly performing teams and is involved in Civility Saves Lives, a campaign aiming to raise awareness of the impact of behaviour on performance. Chris has an international reputation for helping teams and individuals to see value in how they lead and how they work together. 
What will attendees learn?

  • Define what good looks like - safety culture in maternity services.
  • Create a climate of inclusivity, trust, kindness and civility across maternity and neo-natal services.
  • Promote environments where women and families are able to voice concerns, personalise and enhance their experience of care.
  • Support and model safety culture behaviours & attitudes.
  • Define measures that inform boards about safety culture in maternity and neo-natal systems.

 Register here (use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge).

Maternal Mental Health Services – implementation event
Wednesday 29 September 2021, 13:00 - 16:00
The national perinatal mental health team will be hosting an event for those involved in the design and delivery of MMHS, in Early Implementer sites, Fast Follower sites, and beyond! Hear the latest programme updates and learn from what sites have been doing. We will also discuss next steps and how to prepare for transformation funding shifting to CCG baseline funding from 2022/23.

Click here to register by Monday 20 September. For questions, email Please do share details of the webinar with colleagues and wider networks.

HSIB Annual Conference
Thursday 16th September 2021, 10:00-15:00
The conference aims to share learning from investigations and will also focus on:

  • how we are teaching investigation science
  • the principles which sit behind modern healthcare safety investigations
  • safety management systems. How they’re used in other organisations, and could they work in the NHS?
  • how together we can make maternity care safer
  • sharing case studies and patient stories from across their investigations

Visit the HSIB Website to register: 16 September: Healthcare Safety Investigations Conference | HSIB

Equity and Equality Guidance for LMS:  launch event
6 September 2021 from 14:00 - 16:00
Join Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE for the launch of the Equity & Equality Guidance for LMS. Hear from:

  • Rosanne Sodzi, Public Health England, about undertaking a population health needs analysis;
  • Kirsty Kitchen, Birth Companions, about co-production with seldom heard groups in North Central London LMS; and
  • Wendy Olayiwola BEM, National Maternity Lead for Equality, and Misha Moore, National Speciality Advisor for Obstetrics, about implementing the Workforce Race Equality Scheme

If you are responsible for developing and/or implementing your LMS equity and equality action plan, or supporting those who are, register here

An equity & equality page is available on the Local Transformation HubIt includes a range of resources to support the development of LMS equity analyses.
To join the hub if not already a member - please complete this form

Addressing Inequalities in Perinatal Care Conference
BAPM Annual Conference 2021
4 October 2021 9:00am to 5 October 2021 5:15pm
Programme schedule and links for tickets are on the BAPM website here.

From Niche to Necessity: Genomics in Routine Care
8th September 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (Free)
Register now to book your place. The webinar is particularly useful for nurses, midwives and health visitors with limited knowledge of genomics. 

Exploring the intersections between criminal justice and children’s social care during pregnancy and early motherhood
5th October 2021, 10:00 – 15:00  
Hosted by Birth Companions and Lancaster University's Centre for Child and Family Justice Research. For more information and to book your free place visit the eventbrite website here

Getting Safer Faster: Baby Lifeline National Maternity Safety Conference 
9th September 2021, 08:00 – 17:00
Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel
Click here to register, or email for more information.

NHS England strategic events team: Health Inequalities Webinar Series
Webinars to help implement NHS Planning Guidance for 2021/22 

Session Date Link Bookings Close
Priority 2: Mitigating Against Digital Exclusion Monday 13 September Register and further info 13 Sep @ 12pm
Priority 3: Ensuring datasets are complete and timely Thursday 30 September Register and further info 29 Sep @ 2pm
Priority 4: Accelerating Preventative Programmes Thursday 14 October Register and further info 13 Oct @ 2pm
Priority 5: Strengthening leadership and accountability Thursday 21 October  Register and further info 20 Oct @ 2pm


New VCSE role: Maternity Consortium Engagement Lead
Tommy’s and Sands are new members of the national VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance leading a Maternity Consortium that includes National Maternity Voices (NMV), the Pregnancy and Baby Charities Network (PBCN) and a number of community organisations.  They are appointing a Maternity Consortium Engagement Lead – more information is available here: Maternity Consortium Engagement Lead

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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