As part of our insight gathering phase in the M(ums)-Power project, we’ve been talking to women and clinicians about their experiences of maternity services. We want to know what they like, and what they think should be changed or improved.
We had a great meeting last week with a group of GPs from Camden PCT to talk to them about the M(ums)-Power project, and gather their views about maternity care, from a GPs perspective. Luckily for us, the GPs we met were really excited about possibilities of the project, and very keen to share their insights.
Throughout the engagement work we've done so far, we are seeing a number of themes that recur. These seem to centre around:
- collection, use and access to data (e.g. patient notes, test results, referrals)
- communication and connectivity between different parts of the health service (e.g. between GP and hospital care)
- the disconnect between the publics expectations and the reality of the care available
The thing that has struck me the most about talking to clinicians however, is their desire to make things better for women. They know that things must change, and they recognise their role in this, but equally they want to work with women to produce something that delivers for everyone involved in maternity care. I’ve been really heartened by what I’ve seen, and feel even more excited about the possibility of this project to make a significant difference.