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