Evaluation of the Maternity Transformation Early Adopter Programme

SQW has been appointed by NHS England to undertake the independent evaluation of the Maternity Transformation Programme Early Adopter programme. In 2015, the NHS Five Year Forward View made the case for new models of care in the delivery of maternity services, and in February 2016, the National Maternity Review Better Births was published, setting out a compelling view of what maternity services should look like in the future. The vision is clear: maternity services should work together across organisational boundaries - in larger, place-based systems -to provide a service that is kind, professional and safe, offering women informed choice and a better experience by personalising their care.

Seven 'Early Adopter' Local Maternity Systems (LMS) have been chosen to turn this vision into reality: Birmingham and Solihull; Cheshire and Merseyside; Dorset; North Central London; North West London; Somerset; and Surrey Heartlands. Each LMS comprises a number of providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups that are coterminous with the footprint of Sustainability Transformation Partnerships.

NHS England is supporting the Early Adopters to develop and pilot innovative models and solutions that transform local maternity services, with learning being shared throughout. SQW has been commissioned to undertake an independent evaluation to understand the impact of these new initiatives, so that recommendations can be made to support the national roll-out of Better Births at scale and at pace.

The evaluation runs until March 2019, exploring the processes and activities being implemented in each Early Adopter. The evaluation explores the clinical, experiential, service delivery and financial implications of the new models, relating the findings back to the existing evidence base. SQW is generating site- and context-specific findings alongside programme level learning.

For further information about the evaluation please contact Lauren Roberts at SQW. For further information about the Early Adopter programme please contact Sandra Smith, Early Adopter Programme Lead (Sandra.smith35@nhs.net).