The Oxfordshire Maternity Voices Partnership meets regularly throughout the year to discuss local maternity services.
Once a quarter, the volunteer user representatives gather feedback over the period of a month from local women about their recent experiences. This feedback might be collected at local mum and baby groups, breastfeeding support groups, baby weigh-in clinics, or by chatting to mums on the postnatal wards at the John Radcliffe.
The following month, the users meet to collate all the feedback they have gathered, and see what themes are coming out. We are always keen to learn what is being done well, as well as where improvements are needed. At this meeting, we also put together the agenda for the formal meeting, using the women’s voices we have heard as a guide.
In the month after our feedback meeting, we host a formal meeting, which is attended by users and user reps, OUH staff (midwives, doctors, the Head of Midwifery etc), and a representative from the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This is an opportunity for the staff and commissioners to hear the voices of the women who are using the service, and to see what changes need to be made to the way services are delivered, and how previously suggested changes are doing. Not all volunteers are needed to attend this quarterly meeting, but it is good to have two or three there, so they can contribute to the wider discussions.
There will also be opportunities for users to get involved in specific projects where input is needed from volunteers, such as improving the maternity section of the OUH website.
Babes in arms are welcome at all our meetings.
Meeting dates and locations for 2019
April - volunteers' feedback collection month
Wednesday 5th June, 10 - 12, formal meeting - John Radcliffe Hospital
July - volunteers' feedback collection month
Wednesday 4th September, 10 - 12, formal meeting - John Radcliffe Hospital
October - volunteers' feedback collection month
Wednesday 4th December, 10 - 12, formal meeting - John Radcliffe Hospital