Devon Maternity Voices Partnership

Help Shape Maternity services in devon

Maternity Voices Election of Partnership Chair 11th September 2019

Are you interested in listening to parents and parents to be? Would you like to work with others to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care across Devon?

The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) are looking to elect a new Chairperson to ensure the effective engagement of women and families in shaping Maternity services in Devon. We are looking for someone who is passionate about improving maternity services for the women and families in Devon, who is confident, able and prepared to represent women and families on the Devon Local Maternity Services Board.

As Chair, you will be responsible for growing the MVP in Devon and you will be the main contact for the MVP and so will need to be comfortable using IT, social media, meeting women and families, chairing formal meetings and working with the four NHS Trusts across Devon.

For a full description of the role please see the role description here.

The Maternity Voices Partnership Terms of Reference are here

The time commitment will be 16-24 hours a month. Remuneration and expenses will be as per the NHS Patient and Public Voices Partnership expenses policy.

If you are interested in the role of Devon MVP Chair, please complete the Election Nomination Form here and return to by 5pm Monday 12th August 2019. Please put MVP Chair Nomination in your subject header. The Full Election Process is set out here

To discuss this opportunity further, please contact

About Devon Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

Devon MVP logo and better births image (mum in maternity bed)

Devon Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a collective of parents (and parents to be) providers of maternity services (health professionals, charities, Healthwatch, non-health professionals) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care across Devon.

Hello from your chair, charlotte burrows

Hi, my name is Charlotte and I recently became a mummy for the first time (a thrilling but continuous learning curve). I am really excited to be chairing the new Devon Maternity Voices Partnership.  We are just at the start of developing the partnership, but I envisage lots of learning, sharing and growing together, plus there will be plenty of refreshments to keep the energy up! 

What is the role of an MVP?

The role of the MVP is to support parents (including parents to be) and maternity service providers to share their experiences and work together to continually improve maternity services. 

How can I find out more about Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs)?

You can learn more about MVPs from

Who will make up the Devon Maternity Voices Partnership?

•  Local women who are currently expecting a baby or who have had a baby recently 
•  Representatives from voluntary groups who support pregnant women and new parents
•  Representatives from Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who pay for and monitor services
•  Healthcare professionals working in the community and the Hospitals across Devon such as senior midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, health visitors, GPs and staff from the local authority, children’s centres.

How you can get involved?

Get involved with Devon MVP, help shape and review maternity services in Devon. You can decide how involved you would like to be. There are different ways of participating depending on your interest and available time:

• Share your experiences of maternity services on social media (T:@DevonMaternity F:Better Births Devon) or by email to, and look out for future events to attend
• Join and represent women and families on the Devon MVP partnership (terms of reference coming soon)
• Collect maternity stories, experiences, insights and recommendations from your community which we can feedback on your behalf
• Host a local gathering. We want views from the different geographies of Devon (this could be through an existing group you already attend e.g. a baby group, or perhaps you have an idea for your own gathering 
• Champion a particular aspect of maternity services. Perhaps you are passionate about homebirths, or as a dad you are interested in support for fathers. If you feel strongly about a particular element of maternity services and are interested in getting others involved in this topic please get in touch, we would love to hear from you
• Be involved in maternity service quality improvement initiatives eg a ‘Walk the Patch’ in  your local maternity unit’


Getting involved and sharing your story with us is a great way to promote individual experiences with maternity services. 

Kate has shared her story to let us know how brilliant her home birth team was! She found her home birth experience was 'everything I could've asked for', thanks to the team. Please click here to read her fantastic story.

Why get involved? 

• By sharing your experiences and volunteering some of your time you can help shape maternity services in Devon
• Help to make sure that all voices, including those whose voices are less easily heard, contribute to the development of      maternity services in Devon.
• Help to make sure we are looking at topics which are important to parents and taking recommendations on how maternity care can be improved

Breastfeeding support groups in devon

Do you have questions about breastfeeding? Would you like to speak to a peer supporter for some advice? Please download a list of the universal (free) breastfeeding support groups in Devon here.

Breastfeeding support groups in Devon

HealthWatch Devon

Devon MVP is working with HealthWatch Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to capture your feedback on maternity services. You can access the online questions here: 




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All feedback is confidential and the information provided is used to shape and improve maternity services. As an MVP we don’t discuss individual cases or handle complaints – we look for themes in feedback and for good ideas for improvements. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved as a volunteer or give feedback. Please contact us via the details below.

Training Opportunities

Contact us 

For more information about Devon MVP
Phone/text: 07943861420
Twitter: @devonmaternity
Facebook: Better Births Devon

Download our latest leaflets here:

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