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Stockport Maternity Services Report

Meeting: 19/01/2023 - Adult Social Care & Health Scrutiny Committee (Item 4)

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To consider a report of the Senior Commissioner for Children & Maternity (GM ICS – Stockport Locality).


The report provides an update on Stockport Maternity Services.


The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.


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The Senior Commissioner for Children & Maternity, Greater Manchester ICS – Stockport Locality submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided an update on Stockport Maternity Services.


The Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care (Councillor Keith Holloway) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.


The following comments were made/issues raised:-


·         In relation to poorer outcomes for black and minority ethnic communities, it was queried what steps were being taken to improve the data quality around these outcomes and whether the work to improve outcomes for black and minority ethnic communities included greater continuity of carer.

·         In response, it was stated that relating to the data a business analyst had been supporting maternity services and grow the digital team within midwifery in order to produce more, detailed data to provide assurance. With regard to continuity of carer, following the Ockenden report, there were some concerns around midwifery staffing and the safety of other services and a letter from Government suspended the full roll-out of continuity of carer across the whole population to focus predominantly on vulnerable families and minority ethnic groups. 

·         Welcomed the work to support asylum seeking women and families and women that do not speak English as a first language in Stockport.

·         Requested that a future report on maternity services in Stockport include information comparing the outcomes women who are not asylum seekers but are from a minority ethnic background to understand the differences of outcomes.

·         In relation to the increase in caesarean sections, it was queried how planned caesareans were managed in line with emergency caesareans.

·         In response, Members were informed that there were two theatres within the maternity unit and one theatre within the main hospital. The planned elective caesarean section list was staffed by a team specifically and on delivery there was a team waiting for any emergency caesarean sections.

·         It was queried at what point had there been no maternal deaths.

·         In response, it was confirmed that tableaux reporting began in 2020.

·         It was queried why there had been an increase in induced method of onset.

·         In response, it was stated that there was a national driver within the maternity improvement programme which was focussed on reducing deaths and where a risk had been detected women would be induced at different stages dependent on their pathway. As a result, the induction rate had risen nationally, however the safety of babies had improved.

·         Requested clarification in relation to the CQC January 202 inspection action ‘the trust should work to reduce the increasing number of instances where the service is closed to admissions.’

·         In response, it was reported that at that time the maternity unit was declaring a divert in maternity services where the service was closed to individuals who were booked at Stockport to have a baby due to issues around staffing. However, this had been improved and additional staff had been recruited.

·         It was noted that historically residents within other authority boundaries had elected to use maternity services within Stockport and queried whether this was still the case.

·         In response, it was confirmed that women had a choice where they preferred to birth and for the last three years, Stockport had provided care for women who had booked at Macclesfield due to them suspending their intrapartum care at the start of the pandemic.

·         Recognised that policies and improvements since 2016 and queried whether adequate funding was in place.

·         In response, it was stated that maternity services were commission paid for through a national tariff arrangement and as part of the transformation programme there was a commitment to review the funding arrangements. However, staffing levels were comparatively strong and permission had been granted to recruit to any turnover.

·         Requested assurance in relation to the recommendation of the Ockendon report that the staffing establishment at night on the ante/postnatal ward was now in line with safe staffing.

·         In response,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4