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The Maternity Clinical Network was established in 2013 with the aim to improve the experience of women and their families in maternity services which had been identified as a national and a local priority by the National Clinical Director and through local consultation.

 A Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network stakeholder event identified the following key objectives for the Clinical Network:

  • Agree a Clinical Network work programme reflecting and supportive of the national and local priorities
  • Develop clear structures and accountabilities to ensure the appropriate engagement at the right levels
  • Act as a conduit for information gathering to enable benchmarking and accurate identification of variation across the region
  • Facilitate cross boundary and cross organisational engagement and working
  • Develop targeted groups to deliver the work programme priorities
  • Be aware of the national and local agenda and current work being undertaken
  • Work in a way that avoids further duplication

Since the publication of Better Births; the National Maternity Review (2017), the Maternity Clinical Network has supported the development of 3 Local Maternity Systems across Yorkshire and the Humber.  It is the role of the Maternity Clinical Network to support these Local Maternity Systems to improve services and reduce variation and inequalities, working in collaboration with key stakeholders. 


Maternity Work Programme Priorities 2016/17

The CN work programme priorities are developed in collaboration with the Regional Maternity Team, Local Maternity Systems, the Neonatal ODN and the Maternity & Neonatal Safety Improvement {Programme.  It is based on the national requirement to support the Local Maternity Systems to:

  • implement the Maternity Transformation Programme
  • implement the recommendations from the Ockenden Report
  • support recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

The main areas of our work are to support improvements in: 

  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Y&H Maternity Dashboard
  • Stillbirths
  • Preterm births
  • Neonatal care
  • Maternal Enhanced and Critical Care
  • Maternal Medicine Networks
  • Safer Maternity Care
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders
  • Sharing good practice


So - What are we Doing Now?

 Please follow the following links for more information on the work programme priorities:


Additional Resources

Yorkshire & the Humber Maternity Clinical Network - FutureNHS Collaboration Platform

Yorkshire and Humber Neonatal ODN - FutureNHS Collaboration Platform

National Maternity Voices – Networking Maternity Voices Partnerships in England

NHS England » Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme

Improvement Academy - Maternal and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme

Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) :: SYB ICS

Local Maternity System - Home (humbercoastandvalematernity.org.uk)

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership :: Maternity care (wypartnership.co.uk)