NCT- who we are Network of 320 branches covering 100% of UK Supports parents before and after birth Maintains a community network of support groups, events and resources for new parents
What we do in direct support services Antenatal and postnatal courses for over 70,000 parents Breastfeeding counsellor support to over 65,000 parent We link up 1,000 - plus parents with special experiences through our register which puts parents in difficult situations in touch with each other We answer over 85,000 queries to our helplines each year
Influencing the agenda from the Grass Roots Up 230 NCT Reps Working locally on MSLCs Working regionally and nationally on NICE Guidelines, NMC committees, Maternity Care Working Party, RCM Campaign for Normal Birth, RCOG Consumers Forum etc 1000 Activists Saved maternity units threatened by local reconfiguration Won judgments against formula company advertisements Lobbied for introduction of the right to breastfeed in public 57 NCT ReNs Evidence base underpinning all NCT work
Who do we want to influence? Legislators Policy makers Health practitioners Also … Media Voluntary sector partners The public
Department of Health press release 2 March 2011 ‘Changing the way we pay the NHS’ Health Secretary Andrew Lansley speaks at the Nuffield Health Trust Annual Summit. “We have a system in the NHS misleadingly called ‘Payment by Results’. The current system has perverse incentives. … encouraging a reactive approach that increases the chances of last minute interventions.” “Take maternity services - it’s in the best financial interests of the hospital to provide care on a purely reactive basis, dealing with problems as they arise rather than preventing them from happening in the first place. The hospital benefits. The mother does not. “Whether at home, in a midwife-led unit or in an obstetric unit, mothers-to-be should be supported by an integrated service.. focused on the outcomes – a healthy baby, a healthy mother and a good birth experience. The tariff should support the quality and service needed, not distort it”.
Working together NCT is a partner in developing services at local, regional and national levels NCT believes midwives are essential to women’s positive experience of birth and transition to parenthood All women need a midwife some need a doctor too