Our work with Maternity Voices Partnership

Mother and baby

In addition to Healthwatch Cornwall’s core functions, we also support the Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership (KMVP).

Kernow Maternity Voices is an independent forum for women, birthing people and families to share their experiences with maternity services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, enabling them to get involved in the design, improvement and implementation of those services.

Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP's) are independently-led NHS working groups made up of women, birthing people and their families as well as community groups, supporting organisations and members of the public.  These groups work collaboratively with the Local Maternity and Neonatal system (LMNS) to review local services, listen to the voices of the community, co-produce the design and implementation of services, and support the LMNS to provide quality assurance and surveillance across maternity services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

Kernow MVP was originally created to support the implementation of ‘Better Births’ across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and has grown into a formal, equal partner in the Local Maternity and Neonatal system.  A well-functioning MVP is an essential part of a safe, inclusive, and personal maternity system. 

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Kernow Maternity Voices chair 

The Lay Chair of Kernow MVP is Nicki Burnett (She/her). 

Nicki took over the role of Chair in December 2020 but has been involved with KMVP since the start, firstly as a volunteer with the LMNS in 2017 and then as Vice Chair of the MVP from October 2018. 

Nicki lives on the Roseland with her husband, two children and cat.  As a birth doula she has supported many births in Cornwall and has personal experience of both hospital and home births. 

What does Kernow MVP do?

  • We listen to and gather feedback from communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly about their experiences with maternity and neonatal services.
  • We host focus groups, listening sessions and visit community groups to gather inclusive and diverse feedback.
  • We support service user involvement in projects within maternity and neonatal services.
  • We support the LMNS to provide oversight and surveillance at a strategic level
  • We ensure service user voice is reported into the governance structure of the provider trust and LMNS
  • We ‘Walk the Patch’ and do the ‘15 Steps’ challenge within the local maternity units and hospitals to check that the facilities and care meet the needs of the people using them
  • We attend local, regional and national events to network and ensure community voices are always heard, at every level
  • We provide critical friendship and accountability to professionals within the Trust, Council and LMNS

Download KMVP annual report

Download KMVP '15 Steps' report on RCHT

Kernow Maternity Voices logo

Become a MVP volunteer

Your experience matters to us! 

We believe passionately that ‘Service User’ voice should be at the centre of all maternity services in the UK. 

By volunteering with us you can help other birthing people and families across Cornwall to be heard and ensure that maternity services work for everyone. 

Contact us

To find out more about volunteering contact our Volunteer Development team by email at enquiries@healthwatchcornwall.co.uk

To share your experiences of Maternity and Neonatal services in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly email us at kernowmaternityvoices@gmail.com

We are also on Facebook /www.facebook.com/KernowMVP and Instagram www.instagram.com/kernowmvp

Pelvic Health Volunteer Cornwall

KMVP Pelvic Health Volunteer

Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership is looking for two enthusiastic volunteers to get involved with our specific work around Postnatal pelvic health. 

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KMVP Social Media Volunteer

KMVP Social Media Volunteer 

Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership is looking for an enthusiastic social media volunteer to assist with monitoring and developing the project’s social media platforms. To promote, develop and maintain our online presence to reach out to diverse audiences, including women and birthing people, their partners, and professionals. 

Role description

KMVP Volunteer Application Form

KMVP Volunteer Application Form 

We ask all our volunteers to complete this application form. It asks for your basic contact information and a little background information on what you would like to get out of volunteering for us. Completed applications can be submitted by email or post, contact details can be found in the application form below.

Application form

Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership engagement volunteer

KMVP Engagement Volunteer

Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership is looking for diverse and passionate individuals, both service users and professionals to volunteer their time to gather feedback from our communities on their experiences of maternity services in Cornwall. This includes helping to engage people using online platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Facebook Live events.  When it is COVID safe engagement activities will include being out and about in the community at events, groups and centres.  

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