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What we have been up to this week

It’s been another eventful week for the Improving me team. My daughter Bella reported that her poem and class talk on world prematurity day had gone really well. The class all joined hands in collective worship and prayed for all our babies who had lost their fight, those who are still fighting and those who have survived. There were tears all round from the children and teacher and I was really moved by their support.

Following on from last Friday’s clinical summit for Women and Children’s services I attended 10 Downing Street for a reception for NHS staff involved in improvement programmes and designing new models of care (Vanguard). It was great to raise the profile of the changes that need to be made to care and services and the investments required in support for families and the workforce who provide their care.

The national maternity review also held a listening event for parents of babies who were born prematurely or who had sadly died, which was supported by BLISS and Sands. Parents who couldn’t attend can still comment online up until Monday 30th November. The team also attended a number of events and meetings to hear more about what is going on locally and provide information on the improving me programme. There’s lots more on Twitter and Facebook and we would urge you to keep involved.

By Catherine McClennan, Programme Manager


The Improving me team have attended a few pre-engagement activities this week to promote the profile of the work we are currently doing. This has also been an avenue for us to engage with the public in the area headed by maternity services groups we liaise with.

Monday 23rd was our busiest day as Amy and Uchechi were in three locations. Firstly, we were at the Parents Review and Advise Maternity Services (PRAMS) group meeting at Liverpool. The meeting is attended by parents and staff who meet frequently to discuss maternity services in Liverpool. Secondly, we had a stand at the Widnes HCRC Health and Wellbeing Event to engage with mothers and mothers-to-be and their families to encourage them to share their maternity experiences. Thirdly, we were at the final leg of the Sefton MSLC Task Group Roadshow in Bootle.

On Wednesday 25th, Lorraine attended two different Maternity Services Liaison Committee meetings in Sefton and Warrington Hospital.

All these groups have the same purpose to improve and shape the services offered by maternity providers in the area which is the core aim of the Improving Maternity Experiences programme.

Please email the team on for further information.

By the Improving me Team