NCT has been centrally involved in creating guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) regarding maternity Services in England. Making sense of commissioning Maternity Services in England has been developed alongside the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and will be distributed by the Department of Health.
The document includes key questions for commissioning groups to ask their maternity providers including how do they make sure women have choices about the place and manner of their birth how many women receive 1:1 care in labour.
The guidance was developed in response to the Health and Social Care Bill in England, which sets out new arrangements for the commissioning of maternity services. When PCTs are abolished in 2013, responsibility for commissioning maternity services will pass to GP-led CCGs of which there are about 220 in England.