There is clear evidence that necessary improvements in maternity services are being made,
although momentum needs to be maintained and further work is needed to ensure that
services are being delivered in line with national and local strategic plans.
- There has been a discernable focus on improving maternity services, supported by a clear management framework and greater emphasis on multi-disciplinary team working.
- Service reconfiguration plans are being taken forward
- Improved staffing levels and approaches to risk management are assisting in the delivery of safe and effective services, however, further action is needed on midwife training and appraisal
- The services offered across the maternity care pathway are improving with reducing interventions and increased support for breastfeeding although variations in community midwifery arrangements need to be addressed