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Implementation Programme Board announced

Following publication of The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland on 20 January 2017, Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was appointed on 21 February 2017 to lead the implementation of the recommendations.  The Minister for Public Health and Sport responded to the review in a statement to Parliament on 21 February and outlined her priorities for implementation.

An Implementation Programme Board has been established and met for the first time on 9 June 2017.  At the first meeting, the Programme Board agreed their terms of reference, how to progress the recommendations identified in the report and the communications and engagement strategy.  Read more in Jane Grant’s blog:


On February 26, 2015 the Minister for Public Health, Ms Maureen Watt MSP, announced a Review of Maternity and Neonatal services in Scotland.

Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley was appointed in July 2015 to lead on the Review. 

Review Group and four sub groups were established to make recommendations for a Scottish model of care that contributes to the Scottish Government’s aims of person-centred care which provides the right care for every woman and baby every time and giving all children the best start in life.

The refreshed Framework in Maternity Care was published in 2011 and the Quality Framework for Neonatal Care published in Scotland in 2013, and we continue to make advances in care standards and strive for excellence. However, to ensure that maternity and neonatal services in Scotland are as good as they can be, the time is right to refresh our approach to them in order that care is person-centred, and as safe, sustainable, and high quality as possible.

Spotlight On: Ann Holmes

In this video clip, Ann Holmes, Chief Midwifery Advisor and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government and Vice Chair of the Review Main Group shares some of the key messages that she's heard during the meetings with frontline staff and service users as part of the Review.

Ann Holmes