Mother and baby

Transforming Devon's Local Maternity System

To better understand their current situation and transform future services, Devon STP asked SCW to support the development of their Local Maternity System plan.

The challenge

Devon STP wanted to transform maternity services and improve the lives of women and babies in Devon by providing safe, personalised, professional, and high-quality maternity services. To do this they developed a Local Maternity System (LMS) plan.

To better understand their current situation and transform future services they asked SCW to support the development of the LMS plan. Initially, this required creating a baseline assessment of the health and wellbeing of the population in Devon.

What we delivered

In supporting the transformation plan development we engaged with and involved key stakeholders within the system. Workstreams included safety, prevention, personalisation and choice, continuity of carer, perinatal and infant mental health, workforce, communication, and digital transformation. Importantly we set up and ensured appropriate and robust programme governance was in place to deliver the outcomes needed.

The outcome

The overarching plan sets the strategic direction for maternity services in Devon that meets the needs of women and families. It incorporates the clinical priorities and national policy that aims to improve safety, reduce variation and provide personalised care.

The system-level collaboration demonstrated within Devon’s maternity services provided an operational network between providers to improve clinical effectiveness, safety, and quality of services on an ongoing basis.

Our ‘one team’ ethos helped us to work in partnership with Devon STP to understand and address issues. We worked in a coaching relationship providing a check and challenge function that enabled us to work together with insight, empathy, and expertise to find solutions. 

The support we have received from the CSU – Caroline Rowe in particular – has been extremely high quality and has, without any doubt, ensured that our plan has achieved its green, exemplar status with NHS England - Sharon Matson – Head of Commissioning for Women and Children, NHS Devon CCG 

For more information contact Caroline Rowe, Associate Director, Strategy and Transformation, Lead on Maternity

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