Gloucestershire Maternity Voices Partnership is made up of volunteers who represent the voice of women and families from all communities and cultures to inform improvements in local maternity care.

Nationally, NHS England describes how maternity services should be co-produced with women and birthing people and their families, commissioners, maternity teams including midwives, obstetricians and health visitors, and other providers, working as a team to develop local maternity care. This is how the concept of Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP) came about and across the country there are now 153 partnerships in existence.

In Gloucestershire, our MVP has been established for around for 3-4 years. We are a group of people committed to listening and responding to the experiences of women and birthing people and their families. We think it is right to be honest about the experiences people have when they are cared for, or have a loved one cared for, so that we can celebrate the positive experiences and provide learning from more undesirable feedback.

Our responsibilities

The Partnership meets monthly to ensure the views of women and birthing people are heard and acted upon.

The responsibilities of the Partnership are to:

  • Receive and analyse data regarding experiences and use this to identify trends, risks and learning for the maternity services.
  • Recommend actions required in relation to experiences, including the need for an action plan, and monitor progress against delivery.
  • Use a range of feedback tools across a variety of platforms.
  • Raise the profile of the maternity services locally and nationally as appropriate.
  • Interpret and disseminate national and other relevant guidance in relation to experiences, identifying actions for the maternity service.
  • Assist in the development of information, written and verbal, for women, birthing people and their families.

Our membership

Our membership is made up of:

  • Local people who have recently had a baby or are currently expecting a baby
  • Healthcare professionals, including midwives, health visitors, obstetricians and neonatal staff who work at our maternity units in Gloucestershire and provide care in the community.
  • Representatives from Public Health and NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB)
  • Representatives from voluntary groups who support pregnant women and new parents

The Partnership is an independent organisation, although we work closely with health professionals from across the Local Maternity and Neonatal System, including the NHS trusts, GPs  and local voluntary groups.

We sit on the Local Maternity and Neonatal System Board, in order to help shape services around the needs of women and partners in our community.

We are funded by NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board, which enables us to have access to resources to help us reach more mums and have a positive impact on local maternity services.

Our aims

The aims of Gloucestershire Maternity Voices are to:

  • Ensure that every woman and birthing person in Gloucestershire, and their family, has the opportunity to have a say about their experiences of the services they have received throughout their journey from pregnancy and during their baby’s first year of life.
  • Ensure that local women and birthing people and their families are involved in shaping the future of local maternity services and leading innovation through a co-production model.

This aim is underpinned by a number of objectives linked to the Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) priorities. 

Meet the team

Find out more about the MVP team by clicking on their names below.