Carlisle and Eden Meetings

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September 2020

June 22nd 2020

October 30th 2019

September 9th 2019

Summer Workshop

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

Next Meeting

MVP team meetings are now being held online. 

Our next virtual area meeting is:

23rd November 2020


September 2020


  • 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.

September 9th 2019

Helen Ferris, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator updated us on:  Progress with Baby Friendly initiative in the Trust, the Trust is working towards Level 3; Introduction of Prenatal Colostrum Harvesting; The Trust’s participation in FROSTTIE research project to see what support works best for Tongue-Tie.  We heard about improved outcomes from introduction of more feeding support on the ward; we met new Infant Feeding support worker who told us about her role supporting women.  We learnt that the Trust is working to provide a quiet space for breastfeeding on both hospital sites for any parent visiting the hospital.

Nicola Jackson, Programme Management Lead for our local maternity system shared progress on plans for the development of the Penrith Community Hub.  Penrith Birthing Centre and Penrith Children’s Centre will be working together. There will be a link midwife to the Children’s Centre. A new Benefit Advice drop in session has begun. There will be a maternity volunteer pathway to provide support for parents. Success Criteria for the hub are agreed, including increased engagement of women and families in development of services.

MVP members reviewed outcome of our Quick Experience Feedback Survey trial, we decided this would give parents a choice of a short or long survey to feedback their experiences. Both forms will go on our MVP website when finalised this Autumn.

We looked at survey responses on service users’ ideas on the skills and knowledge Future Midwives needed, this has been fed back to the University of Cumbria

Questions were asked about Postnatal Physiotherapy service provision which has been raised by the MVP already and is being looked at.

Summer Workshop Update

A big Thank You to everyone who made it to our joint MVPs Summer Workshop (some of you made it into the photo below).  We had 4 topic focussed activity sessions, plus a picnic and cake break. Kids had a great time too. This document is a summary of our workshop outputs.



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