When it comes to learning more about MVPs and improving maternity services, there’s some jargon to understand. Here’s a simple guide to get you started:
What is a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)? Why do MVPs exist?
An MVP is a team of people with experience of local maternity care who work together to positive improvements to maternity services. MVPs are led by users (mothers and fathers) and members also include Commissioners, midwives, doctors, Health Visitors and Children’s Centre representatives.
How were MVPs established?
In 2016, NHS England produced the Better Births report (2016), which focused on ensuring that service users can get involved in helping to shape local maternity services through a ‘co-production’ model, basically that people who use maternity services can have a direct say in improving them.
MVPs developed from Maternity Services Liaison Committees, which have been in existence since 1984. Hillingdon MVP was relaunched in 2018.
What is National Maternity Voices (NMV)?
National Maternity Voices (NMV) is the national group of MVPs in England. NMV provide support and advice to service user MVP chairs and promote awareness of good practice in setting up and developing MVPs among maternity services providers. http://nationalmaternityvoices.org.uk/
How do MVPs gather feedback for their work?
MVPs use a variety of methods, including listening to parents in the hospital, community visits, interviews and focus groups in children’s centres and libraries, online surveys. See the National Maternity Voices website for further details: http://nationalmaternityvoices.org.uk/toolkit-for-mvps/gathering-feedback/
How does co-production work?
Co-production is a way of working that enables people who use maternity services to come together in equal partnership to improve service design, development and evaluation. See NHS, Effective co-production through local Maternity Voices Partnerships, May 2018 for further details: http://www.londonscn.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/mat-mvp-coproduction-052018.pdf
How can I get involved?
We’re looking for parents from across Hillingdon to get involved with the MVP! Check out https://hillingdonmvp.wordpress.com/get-involved/ or contact our chair, Kamilla, for details on HillingdonMVP@gmail.com.
If you’re interested in further reading:
- Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS), Implementing Better Births: why Maternity Voices Partnerships are key (2018) https://www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/mvps-are-key
- Implementing Better Births via MVPs: an interview with Ceri Durham (2018) https://www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/interview-with-ceri-durham
- NESTA, Maternity Voices: A proud history and lively present (2018) https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/maternity-voices-proud-history-and-lively-present/