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The new maternity model (1 CPD hour)

Maternity services are something of an untouched area for clinical commissioners. Sue McNulty explores the key challenges ahead for CCGs in this area

Full CPD module


This module will provide GPs on what is faced by commissioners in maternity services, including:

  • The challenges CCGs face commissioning maternity services
  • Involving primary care
  • Managing the demand for maternity services

After reading this article, take a look at the Royal College of Midwives’ document on commissioning maternity services in England and theresource pack for CCGs covering maternity services. You will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  1. What feedback do you hear from users and clinicians about local maternity users and who would be the relevant person to pass such comments onto at your CCG?
  2. How do local maternity services affect other commissioning areas such as early years and children’s services. How could links be improved between these and maternity services?
  3. Given the limited number of alternative providers for maternity services, what else can CCGs do to improve local maternity services?

Readers' comments (1)

  • It works well in my area. It could be commissioned but this leads to a disjointed service as we follow up from the moment they tell their s gp they are pregnant to thir children becoming patients and subsequent follow up.

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