The Maternity and Family Health 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.

Maternity and Family Health Management

Dr. Karen KirkhamClinical Lead
Sally BanisterDeputy Director
Kath Florey-SaundersHead of Work Area