Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks

Maternity Network

The Maternity Network is one of the main networks within the Strategic Clinical Network and is governed by a clinical advisory group.

Network members include obstetricians, midwives and service managers who use their expert knowledge and experience to review a wide range of services relating to this broad vital stage of life.

Primary objectives for the Maternity Network are:

  • To enable optimal services in the North East and North Cumbria for mothers, their partners, babies and children, based on the principles of sustainability, efficiency, and the provision of the highest possible quality of care.
  • Reduce unnecessary variations in quality of care and outcomes.
  • To improve the general health of pregnant women.
  • To provide the best possible consultant and midwife care.
  • To ensure that critically ill babies have the best opportunity for improved morbidity and mortality, and optimal quality outcomes.

The Maternity Clinical Advisory Group

This group is well established as it existed in a similar form as the Maternity Clinical Innovation Team set up in 2008 (after the Lord Darzi review) and benefits from being able to maintain the original clinical leadership, providing consistency and a sustained programme of work.

The overriding aim of the group:

To provide the highest possible standard of safe, effective care to women and their babies/families, by reducing unnecessary variation in outcomes and quality of care across provider organisations and individual clinicians within the Network.

The Child Health Clinical Advisory Group

Due to a substantial reduction in funding for the Clinical Networks this year, we have been directed to focus on a reduced number of national priorities. Child health is not one of our 2016/17 priorities and as such we are unable to provide administrative or project management support to the Child Health Clinical Advisory Group.

We want to take this opportunity to commend the work of this group between the period 2013 – 2016 and we have compiled a document of their achievements which is available via the link below. The group continues to meet and contacts can be provided if required.

Child Health Network Legacy Document

This group meets to provide clinical leadership and insight into paediatric and child health issues and responds to national publications from, for example, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).  It also identifies issues through clinical soft intelligence which require a coordinated response.

The overriding aim of the group:

To support local clinical experts to advise on the delivery of integrated care pathways, improvements in patient experience, clinical effectiveness and patient safety to deliver the best outcomes for children and their families.

Network Manager:

Suzanne Thompson

Maternity and Child Health Clinical Leads:

  • Maternity- Dr Stephen Sturgiss
  • Child Health – Dr Geoff Lawson (not currently supported by the Clinical Networks)