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S5W-00940: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) membership and (b) remit is of its review of neonatal and maternity services; when the review will be completed, and on what date the findings will be published.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 July 2016

a) The membership of the Scottish Government maternity and neonatal services review is as follows:

Jane Grant (Chair), Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley

John Froggatt, Head of Improving Health and Wellbeing Division, Scottish Government

Ann Holmes, Chief Midwifery Advisor and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government

Corinne Love, Consultant Obstetrician, NHS Lothian and Senior Medical Officer (Obstetrics), Scottish Government

Gillian Smith, Director for Scotland, Royal College of Midwives

Jean Davies, Clinical Nurse Manager Paediatrics, Royal College of Nursing

Steven Monaghan, Consultant Obstetrician, Clinical Director, NHS Fife

Professor Alan Cameron, Consultant Obstetrician NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Vice President Clinical Quality at Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists

Helen Mactier, Consultant Neonatologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Chair of the Scottish Neonatologists Group, British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) Scottish Representative and Honorary Secretary Elect

Edile Murdoch, Consultant Neonatologist, NHS Lothian, South East and Tayside Managed Clinical Network Clinical Lead

Elizabeth McGrady, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal College of Anaesthetists, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dr Jenny Bennison, General Practitioner, Edinburgh, NHS Lothian

Jacqui Simpson, South East and Tayside Managed Clinical Network

Sharon Adamson, West of Scotland Regional Planning Director

Iain Wallace, Medical Director, NHS Lanarkshire

Prof Angela Wallace, Nurse Director, NHS Forth Valley

Alison Wright, Neonatal Nurse, Chair, Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group, NHS Tayside

Justine Craig, Head of Midwifery and Chair of Lead Midwives Scotland Group, NHS Tayside

Hannah Irvine, Midwife Practitioner, Supervisor of Midwives, NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Tracy Miller, Community Midwife (Stonehaven), NHS Grampian

Professor Mary Renfrew, Midwife, Professor of Mother and Infant Health, University of Dundee

Ann McMurray, Stillbirth and neonatal death society (Sands), Sands Scottish Network Convenor

Rosemary Dodds, Senior Policy Advisor, National Childbirth Trust

Helen Kirrane, Campaigns and Policy manager, Bliss Scotland.

b) The remit of the review is as follows:


The review will examine what we mean by choice, informed choice and consent, what is realistic and practical in offering women choice in maternity services, and examine this for women in all care settings.

It will explore the women/families perspective on choice and what they think it means and what they want.

The review will also consider whether choice is provided equitably to all service users, including groups who do not engage well with mainstream services.

In the neonatal care setting, the review will examine the choices available to families involved with neonatal services, and how we support provision of those choices.


The review will look at the processes in place to report, examine and learn from adverse events and incidents in maternity and neonatal care,

It will examine cultural and behavioural issues within the maternity and neonatal care setting that influence both safety and experience of care.

The review will also look at the issues faced by remote and rural maternity and neonatal units and consider how they can be addressed and supported.


It will examine risk assessment protocols, referral pathways and models of maternity and neonatal care to ensure our services are designed to deliver the best care in the best place with the best outcomes, all of the time, recognising that this will require local, regional and national level solutions.

The review will look at the quality, quantity and efficiency of data collection and consider what is needed and how it is used to drive service improvement.

Workforce – the review will examine whether we have the right balance of skills in the care setting, and are using those skills efficiently and effectively, and have appropriate and available training to build a sustainable workforce.

The Review Group will provide a report to Ministers in summer 2016 which will record its findings, and make recommendations for implementation of the findings. The findings are expected to be published in late summer/ early autumn.