As a maternity service user, we want your voice to be heard by those creating and providing local maternity services. Maternity Voices Partnerships are the groups set up to make sure this happens.
“Our usual role is to gather feedback - in person and online - from families who have recently welcomed a newborn or who are still pregnant and going through their maternity journey”
- Tannice Hemming, the Chair for North Kent (Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford)
Maternity Voices Partnerships are part of NHS England’s vision for the crucial role of Patient Participation. Defined by National Maternity Voices; “a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an NHS working group: a team of women and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care. MVPs bridge the gap between the health service and the families who use maternity services, to improve things for everyone involved. We have meetings every three months that you’re welcome to submit feedback for, attend or just see the meeting minutes.
MVP Chairs are independent contractors for the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). That means we don’t work directly for the hospital or the trust and we are impartial, working as “critical friends” to the hospitals and Trusts.
We’re always keen to hear your feedback and - if you’d have some time to volunteer - please get in touch with us to find out how much (or how little) time you could contribute. Getting involved is sometimes as simple as sharing posts on social media to get the word out amongst local friends and family - or even a few minutes answering surveys!
It’s vital for healthcare services to work together with service users like you to help shape a care system that works for everyone. Maternity Voices Partnerships are a key part of that vision. We really want to hear your experiences - everything that went well and where there’s room for improvement, too. We don’t take complaints (find your local hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service for that) but we do take on constructive criticism; it’s important for us to know where things could have been better.
Find each of the Maternity Voices Partnerships on Facebook here: