Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Dorset 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  



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 MTP Board, of which Dorset is one. 


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




Local needs assessment, benchmarking and gap analysis

August 2017

Co-production design / modelling including stakeholder events

October-December 2017

Models of care piloted

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 427responses 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. 


The objective of the communication and engagement stage was to ensure:


  • Engagement activity and communication reflect the values and principles of NHS Dorset CCG: honest, responsive, courageous, responsible, collaborative, caring;
  • Wide ranging promotion and advertising of the view seeking phase through targeted and segmented communications;
  • A variety of view seeking methodologies offered to ensure that all communities are given opportunities to share their views: online survey, paper questionnaire, attending a workshop;
  • Mothers, partners, staff and wider public receive clear and timely information on the project, how they can be involved and opportunities to share their views;
  • To ensure mothers and partners feel safe and supported to engage and offer views;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of whether the engagement achieves its purposes, is representative of the local population and/or identifies any additional work required;
  • Equal recognition and value given to mothers, partners, staff and clinical views and experiences;
  • Co-production approach throughout between mothers, partners and professionals to ensure best possible outcomes and suitability for users.


We commissioned the Market Research Group to assist with the analysis and reporting process of all the data gathered. The Market Research Group is an independent market research agency based within Bournemouth University.The Market Group report will be presented to the Maternity Early Adopter Project Board in September 2017 to assist them in the decision-making process. Once the report has been approved by the Project Board, this 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.


 WhoseShoes events montage 



Redesign Events 

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 - Cobhams Sports and Social Club, Wimborne 9.30am -1.00pm 


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


We look forward to seeing you on the day.


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