DHSSPS (2012): A Strategy for Maternity Care in Northern Ireland (2012-2018) endorses the key messages from Midwifery 20:20 and plans to shape and refine current service delivery. In addition other important strategic drivers such as Quality 2020 (2010) and Fit and Well- Changing Lives (2012) a Public Health Strategy will affect future services.

Public Health Agency (PHA) has approached the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) to work in partnership with Health and Social Care colleagues to describe current provision and propose new models of community maternity care in support of the implementation of the Maternity Care Strategy.

The first phase of this project concentrated on Objectives 10 & 12 from A Strategy for Maternity Care in Northern Ireland (2012-2018). A Steering and Working Groups were established to oversee and work and to achieve the objectives.

This second phase of the project will concentrate on the objectives in the Maternity Strategy referring to the postnatal period and aspects of care that are related, specifically Objectives 21 and 22 of the Maternity Strategy. Throughout this phase, the project will seek to define the current provision of postnatal care in community settings and propose new models of for implementation. This will include the interfaces with all health professionals, midwifery, health visiting, social services and general practice, taking into consideration Healthy Child, Healthy Future - A Framework for the Universal Child Health Promotion Programme (2010).

View the Project Plan

View the Agendas, Action Notes, and Membership of Phase Two


Fiona Bradley
Senior Professional Officer
Tel : 0300 300 0066
Email: fiona.Bradley@nipec.hscni.net