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National Maternity and Neonatal Review "Best Start"

A review of maternity and neonatal services in Scotland is currently under way with the review group due to report back on its findings in the Summer of 2016.

Made up from a range of professional interest, academics, third-sector representatives and service users, the group aims to:

  • Examine choice, quality and safety of maternity and neonatal services in the light of current evidence and best practice
  • Consult with the workforce, Boards and service users
  • Make recommendations for a Scottish model of care that contributes to the Scottish Government's aims of person centred care which provides the right care for every woman and baby every time and gives each child the best start in life.

Local events are currently under way across Health Boards to ensure that the group can capture the views of people who recently used maternity maternity and neonatal services and those who deliver them.

Jane Grant, NHS Forth Valley Chief Executive and chair of the review group said:

'The services we currently provide to women and babies are excellent and safe, but changes to the birth rate, demographics, new best practice and guidelines, along with advances in clinical care and treatment, mean they must be continuously adapted and updated.'

The review is focused on creating a refreshed model of care giving mums-to-be a choice in maternity services and options for birth in the right place at the right time.


Last Updated: 13 August 2018