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Women who become seriously ill in pregnancy; families of babies cared for in a neonatal unit; and women whose babies die in the second trimester often fall between the cracks of NHS services, due to the way services and pathways are set up. They become ‘Nobody’s Patient.’
April’s Edge Talk will give participants the opportunity to hear about the Nobody’s Patient project, which was sponsored by the NHS England Maternity Challenge Fund to improve care and experience for families who are typically seldom heard. The talk will describe why the project – part of the #MatExp social movement – was created. It will also detail how families and multidisciplinary staff came together during two pilot workshops at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and at St George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to co-produce solutions to improve the care and experience for other families, and for the staff who care for them. Because nobody should feel like they are nobody’s patient.
This Edge Talk will be of interest not only to those involved in maternity services, but will also appeal to anyone working in engagement and coproduction, especially with groups who are typically labelled ‘seldom heard’, or ‘hard to reach’.