Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Dorset Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) was chosen as one of seven sites that have been identified to pave the way for national roll-out of initiatives that deliver safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby, improve outcomes, and reduce inequalities and are crucial in delivering the objectives of the Maternity Transformation Programme.


Dorset STPs ambitions include supporting and empowering women to develop personalised care plans, ensuring that care is wrapped around the needs of women, their babies and family. Dorset will also be working to improve equity of postnatal care for both low and high risk women, and improving postnatal care in general by collaborating with other healthcare professionals including perinatal mental health teams.




To find out more about the National Maternity Review follow the link:  Better Births



About Better Births Early Adopter 


A key recommendation of Better Births was that NHS England should: "seek volunteer localities to act as early adopters" to harness enthusiasm for change and test the model of care described in the report.


Through a network of support coordinated by the Maternity Transformation Programme, the Early Adopters are now taking forward the implementation of the vision in Better Births, going further and faster, and will share the learning from their experiences.


The experiences of the Early Adopters will pave the way for national roll-out of initiatives that deliver safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby, improve outcomes, and reduce inequalities. Early Adopters are crucial in delivering the objectives of the Maternity Transformation Programme.


Seven Early Adopter sites have been identified, following a competitive selection process supported by Members of the Maternity Transformation Programme Board, of which Dorset is one. Follow the link  to see more about Dorset Early Adopter


NHS Dorset Early Adopter site will focus on:

  • Providing better personalised care planning
  • Improving postnatal care
  • One Pan Dorset model for high risk and vulnerable women, including continuity of carer  
  • Pilot of a community hub/s


The time frame planned for the Better Births in Dorset project can be seen below.




Local needs assessment, benchmarking and gap analysis

September 2017

Co-production design / modelling including stakeholder events

October-December 2017

Pilot test models of care 

January-December 2018

Evaluate success of the project

December 2018


Engagement Activity 

Over the last few months we have been seeking views from people who have had experience of maternity care in Dorset in the last five years. We held workshops using Whose Shoes board games and an online survey for both staff and those with experience of services in Dorset to gather feedback. We had 427 responses to the survey, 69 responses to the staff survey and 57 attendees attended the workshops. We have been provided with a wealth of feedback about women's and their families experiences. 


Workshop 1 - Dorchester 


Workshop 2 - Wimborne 


Workshop 3 - Bournemouth


We commissioned the Market Research Group to assist with the analysis and reporting process of all the data gathered. The Market Group report will be presented to the Maternity Early Adopter Project Board in September 2017 which  will then inform the remodelling and redesign phase of the project. Implementation to test the co-produced models of care will begin in January 2018, concluding in December 2018, when all findings will be reported back to NHS England for evaluation and to support other Sustainability and Transformation Plans in delivery of the Maternity Transformation Programme.


Maternity services review, Consultation Results August 2017


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The feedback from the engagement events and surveys told us you wanted:


  • One place to book your maternity care, to inform you of all your choices and to provide access to trusted information and advice.
  • Flexible access to appointments and care near you and consistent, tailored antenatal and post natal education. 
  • That you wanted to be involved with service redesign. 


So, what are the next steps? We are going to run three workshops around each of these themes and you are invited to come along to help design the services that you asked for.


The workshops will be: 


  • Design a digital solution to accessing maternity, information and advice - Thursday 2nd of November, Queen Elizabeth school, Wimborne 09.30am -2.30pm 
  • Design a pilot community service and programme of education and support - Thursday 30th of November, Dorchester Football Club, Dorchester, 9.30am -2.30pm
  • See the outcome of all our joint work, including proposed changes to models of care and the next steps - Wednesday 13th of December, Cobhams Sports and Social Club, Wimborne 9.30am -1.00pm 


Creche facilities are available and babies are welcome too. To book your place use the link below. 


We look forward to seeing you on the day.


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