Exploring continuity of care in maternity and post-natal services

A seminar & discussion hosted by the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) Early Years Working Group, University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the Evidence for Action team, NHS Health Scotland.
Continuity of care is often viewed as care that is provided by the same person for all, or most, planned episodes of care. It is also considered as coordination of care and the stability of patient-provider relationships over time. When patients are seen by an array of providers in a wide variety of organisations and places, concerns are often raised about fragmentation of care. Currently, there is growing evidence that continuity of care improves maternal and child care outcomes. This is reflected in the Scottish Government’€™s health policy, which indicates that all pregnant women in Scotland should have a named midwife who provides continuity of care through the antenatal period. However, there may be continuity of care issues in maternity services and around care-handoff from midwives to health visitors.
We have invited four speakers to present a dynamic overview of continuity of care in maternity and post-natal services. The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion.
12:15 ’€“ 13.00
Lunch (Provided)
13.00 ’€“ 13.30
Title: ’€œContinuity of care: what is it and how can it be delivered?’€
Prof Helen Cheyne, Royal College of Midwives Professor of Midwifery and Professor of Maternal and Child Health Research, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit, University of Stirling
13.30 ’€“ 14.00
Title: ’€œContinuity of care: The evidence’€
Dr Kate Woodman, and Dr Eileen Scott, Public Health Advisers, Evidence for Action team, Public Health Sciences Directorate, NHS Health Scotland
14.00 ’€“ 14.30
Title: ’€œWhere next for continuity of carer in Scottish maternity and postnatal care’€
Dr Mary Ross-Davie, Education Projects Manager, Midwifery and Reproductive Health, NHS Education for Scotland
14.30 ’€“ 15.30
Panel discussion (TBC)
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