In 2021, the Northamptonshire Maternity and Neonatal System undertook an Equity and Equality needs assessment of maternity services in the County. The needs assessment formed the first part of a two-part process, with two aims for maternity and neonatal care:
Equity means that all mothers, birthing people and babies will achieve health outcomes that are as good as the groups with the best health outcomes, this requires increasing support as health inequalities grow.
We believe that all women, birthing people and babies who use our maternity and neonatal services should receive the best care possible, which is why we are committed to reducing health inequalities and addressing inequity – our co-produced Equity and Equality Action Plan sets out how we will do this.
Actions are grouped under 5 main priorities, these are:
We will review the Equity & Equality needs assessment and update the plan based on the 2021 Census data, when it is available.
Please see below our easy read action plan for 2023/2024. This will be updated each year as appropriate.