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Maternity Transformation Programme 
Bulletin No.67:             30th April 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 Day of the Midwife (IDM)
5th May marks the International Day of the Midwife. Plans are underway to recognise the contribution and value that midwives have played throughout the challenges of the last year.
Some useful links:
RCM guide to International Day of the Midwife
International Confederation of Midwives landing page
IDM Tweets from Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent


National Maternity Dashboard - December data

December's maternity data submissions are available to view from the National Maternity Dashboard listing key measures and metrics for maternity care. December's data is the most complete submission since the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) was uplifted to a new version and the dashboard presents an easy way to view historical changes and compare Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics (CQIMs) and other measures with comparable maternity providers.

The data is still labelled as experimental as we work to improve Data Quality (DQ) with both NHS Digital and NHSX supporting improvements and tools to use by maternity providers. Reconciling your local data with the National Dashboard will help trace any DQ issues that may need to be addressed and increase the value of the dashboard for measuring maternity care.
Any feedback or queries with the dashboard please email.

Future NHS Collaboration Platform (Collaboration Hub)
As a resource available to the maternity providers community and partners the Future Collaboration platform is a useful tool to share and exchange information and resources. The platform is grouped into distinct areas for easy navigation and also offers a forum for requesting information - or highlighting work that has been particularly successful.
The most recent topics in the Forum are:
  • A request for Gap Analysis Tools or templates
  • Information for managing high risk birth in low risk settings
  • Peer support for breast feeding
The forum is open to all members and any member can start a new forum topic to ask for guidance and experiences from other hub members.
To join the hub if you're not already a member:
Please click this link

The Twins Trust are running a second series of webinars hosted by Asma Khalil, Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St George's University Hospital, London.

Two speakers will present a 20 minute talk, after which there will be time for discussion and questions from the audience.

Wednesday 12th May 2021, 6pm – 8pm
Progesterone treatment for twins - Yariv Yogev
Neonatal management in complicated monochorionic twins - Enrico Lopriore

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 6pm – 8pm
Mode of delivery in uncomplicated twin pregnancies - Gordon Smith
Management of atypical cases of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome - Rogelio Cruz Martinez

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 6pm - 8pm
Weight gain in twin pregnancy - Yariv Yogev
Maternal medicine cases in multiple pregnancy - Surabhi Nanda

 PHE, Nursing, Maternity and Early Year Directorate- Expert Advisor SCPHN health visitor / school nurse and midwife – closing date 3rd May
PHE are seeking to recruit volunteer Expert Advisors who must be Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) either health visitor or school nurse, or a registered midwife working within public health or with an interest in public health and be currently in practice or have recent up to date knowledge of practice.
The PHE Nursing, Maternity and Early years (NME) is responsible for public health nursing and midwifery leadership within PHE and has a professional leadership role nationally and internationally. 
This vacancy is advertised on three sites - details and links below:

Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) and Senior Healthcare Support Worker (SHCSW) Apprenticeship Standard Consultation is open (2nd June)
Both the HCSW and SHCSW apprenticeship standard consultation survey is now live. 
Please share these 2 links widely with your LMNS, HoMs and DoMs to ensure maximum responses. 
 Both surveys will remain open until midday on 2nd June.
Click for SHCSW survey link:
Click for HCSW survey link:


Dates for your diary

Shine a Light on Coproduction 
17th May 2021

The next NHS-wide Shining a Light on Coproduction session is booked for 17 May 2021 - sign up here: 
Click this link to view the last Shining a Light webinar showcasing coproduction across the NHS in which Mo Ade, from National Maternity Voices and Steve Anderson, MTP Programme Director shared a presentation about coproduction across Maternity. 

If you want to showcase your local coproduction work on a national platform, the next Shining the Light on Coproduction will be in November and they would love to hear from you!
Please email


Group B Strep in Pregnancy & Babies Conference
Wednesday, 2 June 2021 – online #GBSconference2021

Virtual Conference is a must-attend event for anyone interested in group B Strep.
Group B Strep is the leading cause of neonatal sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis in the UK.
This one-day virtual conference brings together world-leading international experts to talk about group B Strep prevention policies, different testing options, antibiotic usage, and the progress towards a GBS vaccine. 
Conference Chairs are Edward Morris & Kathryn Gutteridge 

For full programme and registration details please follow this link

10 Steps: Developing engagement plans - with a maternity focus 
8th June, 0930-1600

This course presents the well-established 10 Steps model that sets out what must be considered when developing engagement plans and building partnerships with people and communities. For this session we are targeting people working in Local Maternity Services – while the content will be the same as other 10 Steps sessions, having a targeted audience means discussions can focus on this area of work.

Working with people and communities is one of the most important ways we can ensure that the NHS meets the needs of patients and the public. By engaging with people in meaningful discussion of the collective challenges we face, and of how to overcome these, we can tap into the diverse experiences, insights and ideas that patients and the public bring. (This engagement includes, for example, working with Maternity Voices Partnerships.)

Book your place 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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