Carlisle and Eden Meetings
These are overviews and agendas for the meetings. If you wish to see a copy of the full minutes and actions from any of our formal meetings, please contact us
MVP team meetings are now being held online.
Our next virtual area meeting is:
15th February 2021
There was good attendance at the MVP meeting, and we welcomed some new members.
Continuity of Carer
Julie Tiffin, the Continuity of Carer Lead Midwife shared exciting progress with the newly launched Caldew Continuity of Carer Team. Early feedback is very positive. A leaflet is being developed explaining Continuity of Carer.
Perinatal Mental Health
Sarah Penn from Happy Mums foundation presented their progress and updates made during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have added inclusion as a core value. They aim to expand and open up peer support to others to empower with training to allow increased involvement in volunteer groups
Christine Corner presented to the meeting on the progress with an emerging Northeast and North Cumbria Perinatal Mental Health Pathway across– the pathway will bring together the full range of services to support women & families from fertility right through to postnatal. Work is being done to identify gaps in the service. Suggestions made in the meeting:
- more prompts for midwives to ask women about their mental health particularly earlier in pregnancy
- women being able to complete their own mental health information which would be helpful to midwives before the booking in conversation
- Trauma Informed Care discussed, members agreed that it was important to important to consider previous traumas, not all will be disclosed, but have impact on individuals and the choices they make.
Do you have suggestions about where perinatal mental health services can be improved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org we will be pleased to hear your feedback and to feed that back to Christine or put you in touch with her directly
Melodies for Mums – the groups were updated on a pilot project to support perinatal Mums with postnatal depression with view to rolling out more widely, ensuring that disadvantaged and minority ethnic groups are reached.
Mandy Marsden has joined the Carlisle & Eden and the West Cumbria MVPs as a service user representative with particular interest in ensuring voices of those parents who have used SCBU & Neonatal services are heard.Mandy shared her own experience of giving birth to twins at 23 +5 weeks. See Mandy’s blog here. She wants to empower people to tell their stories and wants to learn what the additional challenges are faced in rural communities. To get in touch and share your maternity and neonatal and postnatal experience with Mandy please contact us on email@example.com
Covid-19 Visiting Restrictions Eased
Restrictions in partner involvement at appointments and visiting have been relaxed in North Cumbria. There is now a table updated every two weeks showing the current restrictions across all the maternity units in North Cumbria and North East.The group agreed a local sheet showing restrictions locally would be useful.
MVP Covid-19 pandemic maternity experience survey’s reports are being prepared, there wasn’t time enough to share power point in the meeting.
Great to have Service User volunteers come forward to lead topic focussed workshops on Neonatal experiences, Choice of Place of Birth, and to have MVP representative volunteers at the Cumberland Infirmary Labour Ward Forum.
We talked about the actions and priorities for our Maternity Voices groups for the next 6 months. See the draft list below. Are there other actions you think the MVP should look at?
MVP Key Focus Areas for 2020/2021
Choice and Personalised Care
Involvement of Partners (life / birth partners)
extending reach and increasing diversity of MVP voices
- Local Maternity system Focus work areas with MVP
- Continuity of Carer Implementation
- Addressing Inequalities
Service user experience shared on successful VBAC support, plan to make a VBAC vlog to share with others considering VBAC. We also heard a positive induction experience. Would you be interested in sharing your experiences? The MVP would like to hear from women who have had inductions - What was good, not so good, what would have made it better?
Findings from our local surveys on the impacts of Covid-19 on maternity experience will be shared at our November MVP meeting.
How to promote choice to women locally an MVP sub-group is looking at this. If you wish to get involved do let us know. We talked about Personalised Care plans too.
MVP received an update on addressing inequalities work happening locally. We discussed how we can widen diversity of persons involved in MVP to ensure we are an inclusive and representative voice – have you any ideas? All views welcome!
The first Continuity of Carer team is due to be launched in the Carlisle area soon.
For further information or any questions please contact:
June 22nd 2020
Summary notes of meeting June 22nd 2020
#Your Views Count: Survey coming out July to hear you Covid -19 pandemic maternity experiences
#Your voice counts: We want to hear more diverse voices – can you help?
#Get Involved: Continuity of Carer Workshop September 2020
#Share your ideas - for promoting birthplace choice in North Cumbria
#Help create: a virtual maternity tour
October 30th 2019
First time at this venue, the babies and toddlers enjoyed the toys a lot.
Breastfeeding support in community discussed, we heard that there is less Health visitor input at the Carlisle groups which is missed. Some Mums using a Lactation consultant from Dumfries.
The MVP decided to introduce a Supa Quick Survey tool on our website, to promote so we hear more service user feedback. We would like to know What was good and What could be better?
As this MVP group grows, we will start getting a schedule of outreach listening sessions to hear more maternity experiences from diverse groups. If there are people interested in helping, please get in touch. Hearing experiences helps services to improve.
Positive feedback was received from the Baby Loss Awareness Week activities, a memorial service and a coffee morning was held by SANDS
The MVP is awaiting feedback and report on the postnatal picnic held in May this year. Three workshops are being planned early next year, one in Penrith, Carlisle and Whitehaven to inform local postnatal care improvement plan
A well- attended Smoking Summit held recently looking at what support can be put in place to encourage women to stop, or reduce, smoking in pregnancy and continue that after birth. MVP could do a survey to help inform supportive approaches.
MVPs Terms of Reference have been reviewed and approved.
In 2020 we are going to start bi- monthly meetings, but hold informal adhoc topic focussed meetings also. Postnatal care will be the first topic.