Policy and statutory documents

This page provides links to relevant national policy documents that are relevant to MSLCs across the UK.

Policy and statutory documents – England
Policy and statutory documents – Scotland
Policy and statutory documents – Wales
Policy and statutory documents – Northern Ireland

Policy / Statutory – England

  • Maternity Services pathway payment system: A simple guide 2012-13

    This guide provides a summary of the proposed 2013/14 Payment by Results (PbR) pathway funding system for maternity services. It identifies what the NHS needs to do during 2012/13 to prepare for its implementation. The D ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 10/04/2012

  • Maternity pathway payment system in 2012-13

    The background information on how and why the PbR maternity pathway system has been developed is published. It includes the structure of the system, how prices have been produced, data templates, business rules and frequ ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 16/02/2012

  • The 'never events' list for 2012/13

    This is the list of “never events” for use in the NHS in 2012/13. These incidents are considered unacceptable and eminently preventable. Minor amendments have been made to the definitions of two of the events that were ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 18/01/2012

  • Liberating the NHS: developing the healthcare workforce - from design to delivery

    The policy framework for a new approach to workforce planning and the education and training of the health workforce.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 10/01/2012

  • The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012-13

    This document outlines the business and planning arrangements for the NHS in 2012/13.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 24/11/2011

  • Families in the Foundation Years - full evidence pack

    This evidence pack from the Department of Education provides references and research links informing the government's Families in the Foundation Years work.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 19/07/2011

  • Families in the foundation years

    This article summarises the Department of Education’s plans to support parents from pregnancy until their child reaches the age of five. It sets out the government's strategy to provide a family-friendly environment for ...

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 18/07/2011

  • Government response to the NHS future forum report

    This document summaries the key changes that the government intends to make in response to the NHS future forum. The changes are largely structured around the four workstream themes considered by the NHS future forum ans ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 14/06/2011

  • NHS Future Forum recommendations to Government

    The NHS Future Forum has published key recommendations to Government on the future for NHS modernisation.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 13/06/2011

  • Customer insight work on maternity and early years

    The Department of Health have produce two documents which are a synthesis of three pieces of qualitative research undertaken by them about the experience of expectant and new parents.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 08/04/2011

  • Midwifery 2020: delivering expectations

    This is the final report from the Midwifery 2020 programme. It underpins how midwives can lead and deliver care in a changing health care environment, reflecting policy and service direction. It also identifies the chang ...

    Publisher: Depatment of Health
    Published Date: 09/09/2010

  • Parenting and Family Support: Guidance for local authorities in England

    This non-statutory guidance is intended for local authority service commissioners, service managers and decision-makers. It will also be of interest to children’s trust partner agencies. The guidance considers the case f ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 25/03/2010

  • Maternity and Early Years - Making a good start to family life

    The document has been developed jointly by the Department of Health, The Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, drawing on the views of mothers and fathers, children’s centr ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 16/03/2010

  • Sure Start Children's Centres statutory guidance

    This statutory guidance explains the legal provisions as they relate to Sure Start children’s centres and gives advice on the action local authorities, primary care trusts and Jobcentre Plus should take to comply with th ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 16/03/2010

  • Front line care: Report by the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England – 2010

    The Commissioners have spoken and listened to the views of many thousands of nurses, midwives, stakeholders and members of the public. This report highlights the major challenges identified and seeks to provide solutions ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 02/03/2010

  • The NHS operating framework for England for 2010/11

    The operating framework for the NHS for 2010/11 sets out the priorities for the NHS for the year ahead to enable them to begin their planning.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 17/12/2009

  • Getting maternity services right for pregnant teenagers and young fathers: Second edition - 2009

    This guide is aimed at practitioners working in mainstream services or areas where the prevalence of teenage pregnancy is relatively low and where there are no dedicated services for pregnant teenagers. It sets out the r ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 27/11/2009

  • Healthy Child Programme: Pregnancy and the first five years of life

    The Healthy Child Programme for the early life stages focuses on a universal preventative service, providing families with a programme of screening, immunisation, health and development reviews, supplemented by advice on ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 29/10/2009

  • The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform, 2000

    The NHS Plan outlines the vision of a health service designed around the patient: a new delivery system for the NHS as well as changes between health and social services, changes for NHS doctors, for nurses, midwives, th ...

    Publisher:
    Published Date: 11/08/2009

  • Teenage Parents: Who cares? A guide to commissioning and delivering maternity services for young parents

    This guide makes the case for increased attention to the planning, organisation and delivery of maternity services for teenagers and gives practical suggestions on how to achieve a high-quality service that meets their n ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 15/07/2008

  • Changing for the better: Guidance when undertaking major changes to NHS services

    This best practice guidance has been developed in order to provide clear guidance for patients, the public and NHS staff on the processes underpinning changes to acute NHS services

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 09/05/2008

  • Implementation plan for reducing health inequalities in infant mortality: a good practice guide

    The plan is about delivering the recommendations and themes of the Health Inequalities Infant Mortality PSA Target Review (February 2007). Building on the key interventions in the review, it shows how to narrow the healt ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 17/12/2007

  • The NHS in England: The operating framework for 2008/9

    This document sets out a brief overview of the priorities for the NHS for 2008-09. It is accompanied by annexes that provide more detail on the priorities, how they are measured and how the new arrangements for managing ...

    Publisher: Department of Health
    Published Date: 11/12/2007

  • Maternity Matters: Choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service

    This document is for commissioners, service providers and other organisations involved in the provision of maternity services. It builds on the maternity services commitment outlined in Our Health, Our Care, Our Say and ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 03/04/2007

  • National Guidelines for Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLCs)

    These guidelines inform healthcare managers, commissioners, practitioners and others on ways in which local maternity services liaison committees can work effectively and contribute to improving maternity services in lin ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 13/02/2006

  • Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services

    The Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper sets out a vision to provide people with good quality social care and NHS services in the communities where they live. NHS services are halfway through a 10 year plan to beco ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 30/01/2006

  • National Service Framework for children, young people and maternity services

    The Children's NSF is a 10-year programme intended to stimulate long-term and sustained improvement in children's health. Setting standards for health and social services for children, young people and pregnant women, th ...

    Publisher: Department of Health
    Published Date: 15/09/2004

  • Strengthening accountability - involving patients and the public: practice guidance

    This practice guidance is to help staff address and share the why and the what of patient and public involvement in the context of Section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act - why it is important and what it entails.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 28/02/2003

  • NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform

    The NHS Plan outlines the vision of a health service designed around the patient: a new delivery system for the NHS as well as changes between health and social services, changes for NHS doctors, for nurses, midwives, th ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 01/07/2000

Policy / Statutory – Scotland

  • A refreshed framework for maternity care in Scotland: the Maternity Services Action Group

    This document is intended as a refreshment of the national Framework for Maternity Services in Scotland, first published in 2001.

    Publisher: The Scottish Government
    Published Date: 01/02/2011

  • Improving maternal and infant nutrition: A framework for action

    The Scottish Government wants to ensure that all children have the best possible start to life, are ready to succeed and live longer, healthier lives. To help achieve this they have developed this Maternal and Infant Nut ...

    Publisher: The Scottish Government
    Published Date: 18/01/2011

  • NHS SHOW(Scotland's Health on the Web)

    The Scottish Government Health Directorate is responsible both for NHSScotland and for the development and implementation of health and community care policy.

    Publisher: The Scottish Government Health Directorate
    Published Date: 16/03/2008

  • Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme

    This site provides details of the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme and maternity services from all NHS Boards in Scotland.

    Publisher: NHS Education for Scotland
    Published Date: 16/03/2008

  • Better Health, Better Care

    This Action Plan sets out the Government's programme to deliver a healthier Scotland by helping people to sustain and improve their health, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster acces ...

    Publisher: Scottish Executive
    Published Date: 12/12/2007

  • Maternity Services National Overview January 2007

    The Clinical Standards for Maternity Services were developed and published in March 2005 following extensive consultation. Peer review visits to all NHS Board areas in Scotland were conducted between November 2005 and Ju ...

    Publisher: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    Published Date: 16/01/2007

  • Pregnancy and Newborn Screening

    A major part of the remit of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) is to develop and run a national system of quality assurance of clinical services. Working in partnership with healthcare professionals and member ...

    Publisher: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    Published Date: 16/10/2005

  • Maternity Services Standards

    They reflect best practice in the area of pre-conception services, and also incorporate key areas of the organisation and provision of maternity services, the assessment and management of risk, and the importance of good ...

    Publisher: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    Published Date: 07/03/2005

  • A Framework for maternity services in Scotland

    This Framework is the product of wide consultation with women and professionals......

    Publisher: Scottish Executive
    Published Date: 16/02/2001

  • Scottish Programme for Clinical Effectiveness in Reproductive Health (SPCERH)

    The Scottish Programme for Clinical Effectiveness in Reproductive Health is funded by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, and was launched in September 1997.

    Publisher: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    Published Date: 16/09/1997

Policy / Statutory – Wales

  • A strategic vision for maternity services in Wales

    This sets out Welsh Government expectations of NHS Wales in delivering safe, sustainable and high quality maternity services.

    Publisher: Welsh Assembly Government
    Published Date: 19/09/2011

  • Report on Inquiry into Neonatal Care in Wales

    The recommendations of this report cover funding and staffing as well as areas such as neonatal unit occupancy levels, transport services, and the implementation of the All Wales Neonatal Standards produced by an expert ...

    Publisher: National Assembly for Wales
    Published Date: 05/07/2010

  • Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

    Healthcare Inspectorate Wales is the independent inspectorate and regulator of all healthcare in Wales.

    Publisher: Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
    Published Date: 16/03/2008

  • Childrens - National Service Framework (Wales)

    NSF for Children, Young People & Maternity Services (english)

    Publisher: Welsh Assembly Government
    Published Date: 28/02/2006

  • All Wales Clinical Pathway for Normal Labour

    The All Wales Clinical Pathway for Normal Labour was implemented in 2004 and provides support for midwives who wish to practise evidence-based clinical care of the highest standard with minimal unnecessary intervention. ...

    Publisher: NHS Wales
    Published Date: 16/03/2005

Policy / Statutory – Northern Ireland

  • Audit of Acute Maternity Services

    A comprehensive report on maternity provision in Northern Ireland was published in October 2006.

    Publisher: PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Published Date: 16/10/2006


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