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Better Births (2016) is a national five year forward view designed to improve outcomes of maternity services. It sets the vision for the future of maternity services with a focus on  planning, design and safe delivery of services. It also looks at how women, babies and families will be able to get the type of care they want and how staff will be supported to deliver such care. 

Our CCG is engaged in the work of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System (LMS). We will work at both a LMS and local level to implement the recommendations of Better Births, implementing national learning from early adopters and pathfinders as well as utilising the local learning from Better Start Bradford.

We are continuing to develop our understanding of the needs of the local population through the development of Bradford district and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership and our work with the Women’s Health Network

Achievements in 2018/19:

The Bradford district and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership was launched by Bradford South MP Judith Cummins in March 2018.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System, has developed an action plan to:

  • endeavour to be the place where women, their partners and their families choose to receive maternity care and give birth
  • ensure all women, their partners and their families have access to the highest quality pre-conceptual information, advice and care
  • ensure all women and their babies, their partners and their families receive the highest quality maternity and neonatal care, where they are given choice, are supported and reassured, not judged and treated as individuals
  • ensure all women their partners and their families are listened to and experience care that is safe, responsive, and respectful to their needs and wishes throughout pregnancy and birth
  • be recognised as a national example of high quality maternity and neonatal care, with a focus on co-production with women and their partners and their families
  • be a first choice place to work, attracting and retaining a highly effective workforce that will be well led, innovative and continuously learn.

CCG improvement and assessment framework

Star ratings

Smoking in pregnancy and smoking at the time of delivery

2starSMALL

Two stars - similar to the English average. Just over 1 in 10 women still report as smokers at the time of delivering their baby. This result is similar to the national average, however we recognise needs to reduce.

Working in partnership with public health we are utilising the learning from the work undertaken by the Women’s Health Network to understand why women from some of our communities don’t access smoking cessation services. This will enable us to improve  our local service offer.

In addition, we will utilise the leaning from the Better Start Bradford case loading midwifery pilot to improve our rates for smoking at time of delivery and at 6–8 weeks.

Maternity experience

3starSMALL

Three stars - better than the English average. This indicator measures quality of experience, treatment and care throughout the care pathway (antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal). In 2017 women’s experience of maternity services were amongst the highest in England. With a score of 88.8 our CCG is ranked 6th and is amongst the top CCGs in England.

We are continuing to develop our understanding of the needs of the local population through the Bradford district and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership and our work with the Women’s Health Network. In addition, we will utilise the leaning from the Better Start Bradford case loading midwifery pilot where 100% of women advised they would recommend the service they received.

Choice of maternity services

3starSMALL

Three stars - better than the English average. This indicator measures the extent to which choice is offered at several points across the care pathway (antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal). In the 2017 survey we were ranked second for choice in maternity services across England with a score of 69.7.

The CCG commissions the full range of maternity choices for local women. Therefore, future work will focus on how these choices are offered to women along the care pathway. We want to ensure all women feel they are offered the full range of services available to them.

 

Other indicators

We will soon be adding data about neonatal mortality rates and still births.