M·E·L Research was commissioned to undertake a review of maternity services provided in Sandwell and the Heart of Birmingham area (HoB). The purpose of the study was to inform the ongoing development of the maternity services development plan, and the future model of service delivery. The study also fits in to the wider strategic health and social care in Sandwell and HoB, in light of Right Care, Right Here and the future re-alignment of health services
The review consisted of four key stages:
The study generated a wealth of data about perceptions of maternity services, which was analysed and presented around key themes from the latest Government guidance including the National Choice Guarantees. A number of presentations to different teams have helped to disseminate the findings, and the outcomes will have a real impact in informing the next stage of development of maternity services locally.