Val Arbuckle - Additional Support Midwifery Sister - NHS Forth Valley
Delivery Quality through Midwifery Leadership
In 2012 I commenced the Delivering Quality through Midwifery Leadership Programme with NES. This programme assisted my personal development, knowledge and skills in the use of tools to deliver quality improvements within current service provision. The programme also gave me an opportunity to network with colleagues from across Scotland, sharing current practice and ideas on areas of potential improvement.
Along with four of my colleagues, I attended three national events. As a team, we made the decision to work together on a shared project. The project we identified was to improve awareness and uptake of early access to maternity care. This would also assist in meeting the national HEAT target. The original timescale of February 2013 set by the team was unrealistic which in itself was a learning experience. We incorporated our project into a PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) test of change through The Early Years Collaborative. We continued to work with service users, partner agencies and colleagues in health to achieve our aim in a more realistic timescale.
The Programme also included the offer of coaching. I had reservations about this process initially, I have however been converted. I found this part of the programme the most beneficial. It assisted in self evaluation of my strengths, weaknesses and gave me the skills to focus on key areas of progression. This in turn has assisted me in supporting colleagues to deliver an improved quality of service to families living within the Forth Valley area.