City and Hackney parents have shown a real passion for contributing to improving maternity services in the two boroughs.
Over 150 residents responded to the ‘Maternity Matters’ campaign, launched last month by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group supported by the Council, to recruit patient representatives to the area’s Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC).
This is a group which includes mothers, midwives, doctors and other health professionals who come together to help shape maternity services that meet the needs of local women, parents and families. The aim was to recruit five to 10 MSLC members who would represent the diversity of City and Hackney and provide a voice for maternity service users.
The response was overwhelming, with over 150 residents applying through the Maternity Matters website, and many attending an informal drop-in event at the Ann Taylor Children’s Centre on 31 October to register and share their experiences. With light refreshments, crèche facilities and face painting available, the event gave Potential reps a chance to ask questions while their children were entertained.
Attendee Sherees Fisher said: “It’s good that people have noticed that feedback from mothers is really important.”
The final selection of parent representatives will take place in the final weeks of November 2012. There will also be other opportunities for those not selected to continue to support the campaign through the CCG Patient and Public Involvement Sub Committee or through GP Practice Patient Participation Groups.