Maternity and Neonatal Services: Delivering Excellence

Holyrood's award-winning fictional baby Kirsty is in a precarious position, not least because she is pictured here sleeping on her front. 

Kirsty was born into one of Scotland's most deprived communities and every choice, priority and piece of legislation made by MSPs will have a direct impact on Kirsty and her life chances. The findings and recommendations of the Scottish Government's Maternity and Neo-natal Services Review published Jan 20 will be key to setting the direction of care for the next five years. 


There has been a major review of Scotland’s maternity and neo-natal services, looking at how best to support women and tackle inequalities to ensure high quality care for all.

Can this make a real and lasting difference for babies like Holyrood’s Kirsty?

Join us at this event to hear the latest recommendations and engage with key clinical experts and thought leaders on maternity and neo-natal care in Scotland. Examine how the review findings will fit with existing good practice and understand potential challenges over the next five years related to implementing the recommendations. 

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Recommendations of the Scottish Government's maternity and neonatal services review 
  • Supporting the workforce to deliver compassionate, safe and high quality care 
  • Reducing inequalities in maternity and neonatal services 
  • Improving infant and maternal health including through nutrition 
  • Existing good practice and how this can be shared to improve outcomes for Scotland's families and babies


09.15   Registration & Morning Refreshments

10.00   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

           Hamish Macdonell, Freelance Journalist 

Session 1: The Maternity and Neonatal Services Review 

10:05   Keynote Scottish Government Address 

          Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government​

10:25  The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland 

  •  Implications of the review and its recommendations

          Jane Grant, Chair, Maternity and Neo-natal Services Review             

10:50  Panel Questions and Discussion        

          Ann Holmes, Chief Midwifery Advisor & Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government ​

          Dr Corrine Love, Consultant Obstetrician, NHS Lothian and Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government​ 

          Helen Mactier, Consultant Neo-natologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Chair of the Scottish Neo-natal Consultants Group   

11:25   Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Maternity and Neo-natal Care in Scotland

11:45   Leaving no mothers and babies behind: achieving high quality maternity and neo-natal care for all

  • There are marked inequalities in access to services and to outcomes that must be addressed
  • Building an inequalities lens into everything we do - service planning, quality improvement, staff education and training
  • Example we can learn from across Scotland and in other countries

          Professor Mary Renfrew, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee

12:05   Improving Maternal and Infant Health 

  • Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition in Scotland
  • Progress since the 2011 Framework for Action
  • Priorities for future policy and practice 

          Linda Wolfson, National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Co-ordinator, Scottish Government​

12:25   Bliss Scotland Baby Report 2017

  • A comprehensive and up-to-date picture of neo-natal services in Scotland
  • Recommendations to complement the Scottish Government's Review
  • Ensuring health professionals have the resources to provide the best possible care

         Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive, Bliss Scotland

12:45   Questions and Discussion

13:15   Networking Lunch 

Session 3: Sharing Good Practice  

This session will give delegates an opportunity to examine and share existing practice models of care. 

14:00   Early Intervention and Giving Babies the Best Start

          Catherine Kelly, Health Practitioner & Ailsa Dinwoodie, Children's Services Practitioner, ​NSPCC 

​14:20   Questions and Discussion

14:30   Group Roundtable Discussions 

  • Can the review make a difference?
  • Key messages to take away from what you've heard today

14:55   Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:00   Close of event 

*agenda subject to change

Venue and Costs

COSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Delegate Rates:

Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For any other event enquiries please contact Zoe Russell | | 0131 285 1692

26 January 2017



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