Maternity Voices Partnership Chairs
Having recently undergone a significant restructuring of the Birmingham and Solihull Maternity Voices Partnership, we are now looking to appoint a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) Chair who will work across North Birmingham supporting women and families to feedback on their experiences of using maternity services to improve and develop services and to ensure women and families are involved in the co-production of services and changes to existing provisions.
What is the MVP?
The MVP is a diverse working group of service users who have recent experience using maternity care. Members also include health care professionals like midwives and obstetricians, commissioners like public health workers from Birmingham Council and the Integrated Care System (formerly known as the CCG), and anyone else who supports families during their pregnancy and with a new baby. This includes people like birth workers and voluntary organisations.
The most important role of the MVP is to listen to service users’ thoughts and ideas about their experiences of care, and then ensure those are at the heart of the design, delivery and evaluation of services. This is what we mean by ‘co-production’.
Some of the ways the MVP does this is by:
- Gathering service user feedback through our online social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). This is ongoing and is constantly evolving and developing, and we would encourage Chairs to play an active part in both gatherings and feeding back information through social media.
- Hosts quarterly MVP meetings chaired by a service user with service user-protected time – Providing input to nationwide/regional initiatives as well as supporting at a local level – e.g. Ockenden Report
- Co-production of resources and documents – e.g. websites, leaflets and communication online – Both attending and hosting outreach events in community locations to hear from women, families and organisations
- Working with providers and the LMNS BUMP on specific projects like Digital Notes App, Smoking Support, Pelvic Health. This is usually supported through workstreams as shown on the service structure.