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Somerset Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MNVP)

Working in partnership to improve maternity & neonatal services in Somerset

About Somerset MNVP

Somerset Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MNVP) is an independent NHS working group and co-production forum. We exist to support the implementation of the NHS England Better Births plan across Somerset.

Our team consists of staff, volunteers, people who use maternity services and their families, midwives, and doctors. We work together to review and contribute to the development of maternity care in Somerset.

We engage with people who have recently used local maternity services, listening to their experiences and feedback. We share their insight with Somerset’s Integrated Care System and the maternity service providers it commissions, to make sure people’s opinions are at the heart of shaping Somerset’s maternity services.

Somerset MNVP is managed and supported by Evolving Communities.

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What we do

Focus groups
We host focus groups on specific maternity themes, to build an accurate picture of people’s experiences and needs.
Gathering feedback

We listen to and gather feedback from communities across Somerset, especially people that are underserved or under-represented.

'Walk the Patch'

We ‘Walk the Patch’ and do the ’15 Steps’ challenge within the local maternity units and hospitals, to check that the facilities and care meets the needs of the people using them.

Attending events and networking
We attend local, regional and national events to network and ensure people’s voices are always heard.
Critical friendship and accountability

We provide critical friendship and accountability to professionals within the NHS Trusts, Council and Integrated Care Board, who are involved in the Better Births transformation

Latest Somerset MNVP report (November 2023)

15 Steps for maternity and neonatal in Somerset – Yeovil District Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.

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If you have questions or feedback about any aspect of our work or maternity services in Somerset, please get in touch:

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