New role set to help save babies’ lives in Birmingham

A new role that could help save babies lives by supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged pregnant women has been launched in Birmingham.

Link support workers have been introduced by Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership (BUMP) to help women to access and use maternity services provided by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Traditionally, women who live in areas of high deprivation and non-English speaking women are at a much greater risk of complications during pregnancy and birth.  It is believed that this is because many do not have access to the right information in a format they can understand.

Link support workers encourage women to access their care early,  help them to understand the wide range of choices that are available to them within the Birmingham and Solihull maternity system,  and are on hand to attend clinics and provide essential information and support for these women.   This support extends through labour, birth and beyond, helping women to feel informed and safe.   And as they see the same link support worker, the woman benefits from the advantages of continuity of carer.

Lola is one of six link support workers, she works alongside community midwifery teams at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. She said: “This role bridges the gap for some women between them and their maternity care team. Women feel they have someone on their side to help them understand the information and to help them feel less alone when they go to appointments and classes. One lady rang me because she hadn’t felt her baby move and her mother in law told her to leave it for a few days. I was able to give her the correct advice and she came into the hospital to get checked out and her baby was ok.”

Carmel McCalmont, Director of Midwifery for BUMP said: “Lola’s story demonstrates the importance of providing women with the information they need in a format that works for them. They are an important link, helping women who might find it difficult for a wide range of reasons to use and understand maternity services across our Local Maternity System.  They follow the patient, not the provider so women benefit from continuity of carer.”

Link support workers are based within Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, a Children’s Centre and a charity.   They are part of a trial which was made possible thanks to a successful bid to NHS England Regional Maternity Workforce Transformation fund.

Dedicated midwives appointed for Continuity of Carer

Two Continuity of Carer midwives have been appointed by Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership (BUMP) to support the implementation of the recommendations from Better Birth across Birmingham and Solihull.

Two Continuity of Carer midwives have been appointed by Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership (BUMP) to support the implementation of the recommendations from Better Birth across Birmingham and Solihull.

Danielle and Kathryn will help ensure that continuity of carer is embedded within practice.  The midwives will work with teams at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, supporting them to provide continuity of carer throughout the woman’s pregnancy, birth and postnatal period to ensure her medical, psychological and social needs are assessed and holistically cared for.

Carmel McCalmont, Director of Midwifery for BUMP said: “I am delighted to welcome Danielle and Kathryn to BUMP where they will lead the development and implementation of Better Births and the NHS Long Term Plan recommendations on continuity of carer.  Delivering continuity of carer is a priority for the Local Maternity System and I am sure that these midwives will be invaluable in helping both organisations and women to reap the rewards of continuity of carer.”

Register for our conference on Saving Babies Lives

An afternoon educational event is being hosted by BUMP on Wednesday 11 December 2019. For more information and to book your place click here.

Register your place for our free conference on Saving Babies Lives by Improving Neonatal Outcomes, Reducing Perinatal Mortality and Implementation of the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle V2.

The event for Obstetricians, Doctors in training, Midwives,
Sonographers and students takes place from 1pm on Wednesday 11 December at the Conference Centre, Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Dowload the event flyer with timetable and speaker details.

Register now on our EventBrite page.

Conference for maternity professionals in perinatal mental health 13-14 Dec

If you are an obstetrician, gynaecologist, midwife, health visitor, GP or mental health professional you might be interested in this two-day intensive course.

If you are an obstetrician, gynaecologist, midwife, health visitor, GP or mental health professional you might be interested in this two-day intensive course that will increase understanding of maternal mental disorders (nature, course, assessment and management) and the associated skills required in maternity services. The course will be delivered by experts from psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, obstetrics and midwifery in Perinatal Mental Health and the content will reflect the HEE PMH Competency Framework objectives.

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/departmental-catalog/Departments/postgraduate-and-scientific-meetings/2063—perinatal-mental-health-annual-meeting—december-2018/

You need to be logged in to the RCOG website to make an online booking and choose payment options. Please go to the log-in page.

Conversations on consent

If you are a maternity patient or member of staff you may be interested in the NHS Resolution: Conversations on consent National Conference.

If you are a maternity patient or member of staff you may be interested in the NHS Resolution: Conversations on consent National Conference.

The conference is an opportunity to explore what supported decision-making looks and feels like for patients, families and clinicians.

It will consider the legal consequences that influence this fundamental aspect of informed choice in clinical care and interventions.

The event will challenge current thinking and practices, encouraging attendees to take back learning and make improvements in their organisation.

The programme is currently in development and will include:

  • Reflections on the Montgomery ruling by patients and clinicians, how it has developed and where it applies
  • Consent in difficult situations
  • Conversations and documentation – what good looks like
  • Obstetric consent and informed choice in challenging situations
  • Current legal aspects of consent

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page

Do you have a baby on board?

Travelling on public transport can be tricky, especially for our mums-to-be. That’s why we are delighted to share the news that Network WM have introduced a ‘baby on board’ scheme available to all our expectant mums in Birmingham and Solihull.

Travelling on public transport can be tricky, especially for our mums-to-be. That’s why we are delighted to share the news that Network WM have introduced a ‘baby on board’ scheme available to all our expectant mums in Birmingham and Solihull. It is hoped that it will make travelling easier for you and make fellow passengers aware that you have a very good reason to need a seat.

It’s really easy to apply for your baby on board badge. Simply visit the Network WM website and complete the form (alternatively you could pop into your local travel centre). They will send you all the information you need to get your badge and make travelling on public transport more comfortable.

When you get your badge – please share a picture of you wearing it on whatever method of transport you choose, not forgetting to tag @Project_BUMP on Twitter or Facebook (@BUMPNHS).

Opportunity for organisation to deliver our Maternity Voices Partnership

Bump and Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group wishes to invite expressions of interest from volutary sector organisations for the provision of Maternity Voices Partnership to work with maternity providers and the CCG’s in Birmingham and Solihull.

Maternity Voices Partnership

BUMP and Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group wishes to invite expressions of interest from volutary sector organisations for the provision of Maternity Voices Partnership to work with maternity providers and the CCG’s in Birmingham and Solihull.

In Birmingham and Solihull we want to bring the ambitions of the national Maternity Review (Better Births) to life and ensure our maternity are safer, more personalized, kinder, professional and more family friendly. Having the views, experiences and voices of women represented at strategic level within the transformation process is essential. The main purpose of Maternity Voices Partnership is to ensure representation and engagement of women at strategic level to help shape the transformation of maternity services across Birmingham and Solihull. The Service Specification and outcomes have been developed in response to national guidance (NHSE – Maternity Toolkit) and the national maternity review, Better Births (National Maternity Review (2015) see Chapter 4 and Appendix B for MVPs).

Key deliverables will include:

  • Recruit a pool of 15 – 20 MVP members who are representative of the diverse communities with Birmingham and Solihull
  • Administrate the Quarterly Bump MVP meeting and support four interim MVP meetings per annum
  • Support representation on the MPV from seldom heard groups present within the local population to make sure their voices are heard
  • Support the MVP to provide leadership to ensure that the service user voice co-produces both Local Maternity (LMS) System Transformation Plans a
  • Support the MVP to provide constructive challenge and engage in the decision-making process with emerging plans to ensure they reflect the needs of local women and their families.

Essential Criteria

We are looking to commission a voluntary sector organization with:

  • Strong track record in patient/ user led engagement and advocacy
  • Experience of developing and delivery successful patient/service user engagement

 Contract term and value

Overall value of the contract: £35,000.

The Contract with the provider is will be initially for 15 months (1 January 2018 to 1 April  2019) and may have the option to extend following a full evaluation of the project at the end of first contract period.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 1 December 17.

For further information and to request a Expressions of Interest pack, please contact:

Jane Huffer, Personal Administrative Assistant, Birmingham South Central CCG, Maternity, Children & Young People’s Commissioning Team,

Tel: 01212550855
Email: jane.huffer@nhs.net