Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Maternity and Family Health

The Maternity and Family Health Clinical Delivery Group vision is to develop models of care, which result in high quality, evidence based, effective and sustainable services closer to home for Dorset residents.

The vision for the group is based on a common set of themes as detailed below:

  • Greater focus on prevention and early targeting;
  • Support for individuals, patients, and carers to manage their own health more;
  • Increased access to services that do not need to be provided in an acute hospital setting, moving to a model that includes community hubs;
  • Understanding of the holistic physical and mental health needs of people to enable care to be tailored to the individual;
  • Continuous risk assessment of the population and development of care plans;
  • Ability to direct people to the most appropriate care provider, by organising multidisciplinary teams (including; pharmacists, nurses, therapists, GPs and others);
  • Effective collaboration and communication across teams primary, secondary and social care professionals;
  • Provide appropriate services on a 24 hours, seven days a week basis;
  • Collaboration across services to enable efficient investment in facilities and equipment.


Clinical Lead - Dr Karen Kirkham

Deputy Director - Sally Banister 

Head of work area - Kath Florey-Saunders


We want your views

facebook page has been launched to seek people's views on local maternity services.

The page has been launched to get your views of local maternity services. We're really serious about designing services around your feedback. When you visit the page please click on 'about' to find out how you can get involved.

The Maternity Voices group meets quarterly to discuss how maternity services can be improved for local women, parents and families across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. The group made up of maternity service users, service providers and commissioners.  Both Mums and Dads who have used maternity services are welcome to join.

Your views on children and family services are also welcome.  Please contact us directly if you wish to share these with us.

For any further information or if you have any questions please contact Jenny Williams who supports the team, in the first instance.

Useful Info:

Family Information Services;  Newsletter, Support Pages, Facebook Page and Information Directory.