Long Term Plan Update


The new NHS Long Term Plan for England was published January 7th, 2019.

It contains a couple of pages focussed specifically on maternity (pp46-49).


Long Term Plan - The plan is available to read or watch in a number of different versions.


You can read what it has to say on Continuity of Carer on pp 48, 3.13 .

This is the except:

3.13. Continuity of carer teams are being developed and launched across the country – with the aim that in 2019, 20% of pregnant women will be offered the opportunity to have the same midwife caring for them throughout their pregnancy, during birth and postnatally. These teams will deliver more personalised care plans for pregnancy. We will continue to work with midwives, mothers and their families to implement continuity of carer so that, by March 2021, most women receive continuity of the person caring for them during pregnancy, during birth and postnatally. Women who receive continuity of carer are 16% less likely to lose their baby, 19% less likely to lose their baby before 24 weeks and 24% less likely to experience pre-term birth. This will be targeted towards women from BAME groups and those living in deprived areas, for whom midwifery-led continuity of carer is linked to significant improvements in clinical outcomes.
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