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Views of new and expectant mums needed to help improve local maternity services

The Together We’re Better health and care partnership is holding five maternity focus groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent throughout January and February. The partnership aims to use these focus groups to speak to new mums, expectant mums, people thinking about having a baby and relevant maternity staff, to listen to their views and experiences of local maternity services.

The partnership, which is made up of NHS and local government organisations, alongside independent and voluntary sector groups, will use this work to form part of the Together We’re Better Maternity Transformation Programme and the feedback gathered will help to inform and improve maternity services in local areas.

Heather Johnstone, Senior Responsible Officer for the Together We’re Better Maternity Transformation programme, said: “During Summer 2019, we held a 12-week public conversation across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to understand what is working well, what can be improved and what is important to local people when considering health and care services. We are now conducting focus groups to further understand the experiences of new mothers and pregnant women to identify how we can improve services in the area. We are looking to speak to people who are currently using maternity services, have used maternity services in the last 12 months or are planning to have a baby, as well as those who work in maternity services.”

Each focus group will have the same format, so those who are interested in attending should only book a place at one of the events. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can register here 

Dates and locations of the focus groups are:

  • 24 January, 10am until 11.30am at Charnwood Children’s Centre, Lichfield
  • 27 January, 1pm until 2.30pm at East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, Burton
  • 28 January, 2pm until 3.30pm at Newcastle Community Fire Station
  • 29 January, 10.30am until 12pm at Rising Brook Community Church, Stafford
  • 4 February, 10am until 11.30am at Cannock Chase Children’s Centre

Together We’re Better has several programmes for which it is developing new models of care to deliver its vision of “Working with you to make Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent the healthiest places to live and work.” Each programme is focussed on its own aims and objectives to ensure local people have access to high quality, sustainable services for the future.

For more information about how the Together We’re Better Sustainability and Transformation Partnership is working to improve health and care services in the local area, visit the website https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/about-us