Programme updates – May 2018

Your regular update on key issues regarding the Bump programme as the ambitious LMS continues to take strides forward.  This section will give you all an indicator of the latest progress from the clinical and infrastructure workstreams, as we continue to bring the Bump programme to life.

Badgernet:

The main training sessions for the implementation of BadgerNet at Birmingham Women’s Hospital have now been completed and the system is ready to go live shortly. Some laptops used by community midwifes have been replaced to ensure that they are compatible with the new system.

BadgerNet is in place in part at University Hospitals Birmingham but we want to enhance its usage and a project manager has now been identified to lead this work. A pilot of midwife access to GP wifi networks is also being planned.

Single Point of Access workshop:

Earlier this month clerical, midwifery, support staff and senior leaders attended a Single Point of Access workshop held at Heartlands Hospital. The workshop was designed to discuss the current pathway across our organisations, with attendees providing their expert knowledge and experience to help develop a better way of working.

Developing a Single Point of Access is one of the key aims of the Bump programme and will help improve access to the services which women need.

Specialist Perinatal Mental Health service:

The specialist perinatal mental health service, which began at Birmingham Women’s Hospital in early 2017, is being extended across the Local Maternity System.

Women across Birmingham and Solihull who experience mental ill health during their pregnancy, or in the year after the birth of their baby, are being supported by a new community perinatal mental service that aims to provide better outcomes for themselves, their families and their babies.

So far, the service has supported more than 245 women who have given birth at BWH. NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  has secured an additional £1.13 million funding from NHS England’s perinatal mental health community services development fund to extend the service to women giving birth at Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.

MVP:

A reminder than we are still looking for patients with recent experiences of maternity services in Birmingham and Solihull to contribute to the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP).

Run by Gateway Family Services, the MVP will meet quarterly to discuss a range of topics related to pregnancy and birth.

If you know someone who has had recent experience of maternity service and would be interested in finding out more, please contact our MVP Co-ordinator Sharon Bartlett on s.bartlett@gatewayfs.org