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Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate pilot

Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate pilot

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Green and purple swirls and the wording reads: Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate. Supporting you after an adverse outcome during your maternity or neonatal care.
Photograph of Rhona Mulvihill in a circle. Wording reads: Rhona Mulvihill is the new Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate for West Yorkshire and Harrogate helping women, service users and families to be listened to and heard following an adverse outcome any time during pregnancy and birth.

Rhona Mulvihill
Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate for West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Tel: 07811581730
Email: wyicb-wak.wyhmnisa@nhs.net

Click here to fill in an online referral form

What is a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate?

Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocates help ensure the voices of women and families are listened to, heard and acted upon by their maternity and neonatal care providers when they have experienced an adverse outcome during their maternity and/or neonatal care.

During the initial pilot phase the MNISA might be able to support you if you have experienced any of the following adverse outcomes:

  • Your baby has died before they were born after 24 weeks of your pregnancy.
  • Your baby has died in the days or weeks after they were born.
  • The baby’s mother has died.
  • You had an unexpected or unplanned removal of your womb (within 6 weeks of giving birth).
  • You had an unexpected admission to the critical or intensive care unit.
  • Your baby was diagnosed with a brain injury or a brain injury was suspected.

It is recognised that women and families may experience a wider range of adverse outcomes than listed above. Where cases fall outside of the scope of these adverse outcomes, MNISAs will signpost to other support or resources available.

This role was co-produced by NHS England working alongside maternity and neonatal service users and staff.

Find out more information on the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership page here.

How can a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate support me?

If you have experienced any of these outcomes, your advocate is here for you and can:

  • help and support you and your family to be listened to and heard by your maternity and neonatal care providers
  • attend meetings with you
  • navigate through the maternity and neonatal healthcare system to help you find resolution to your concerns
  • support you through investigation and complaints processes.

If during your maternity or neonatal care in West Yorkshire and Harrogate you have experienced an adverse outcome you can go to a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate for help.

You do not need to be sure if there were mistakes or negligence in the mother or baby’s care to ask for support. If the advocate is not best placed to support you as part of their role, they will signpost you to other support services available.

How can I contact a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate?

The Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate for West Yorkshire and Harrogate is Rhona Mulvihill.

Contacting or using a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate is free. There is no charge for any support given, and interpreters can be made available if you need one.

You can contact a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate by calling, emailing or writing to them.

You can also ask a member of staff from your hospital trust or Integrated Care Board to get the Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate to contact you.

You don’t have to use a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate if you do not want to, and you can stop contact at any time without giving a reason.

How is a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate independent?

  • A Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate is independent from the trust that provided your care. They report to West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, which is responsible for the provision of all care in your area.
  • Everything you say to your Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate is confidential unless you ask or agree with them to share it with others. The only exception to this is if they have a safeguarding concern about you, or your family’s welfare or if there is an overriding public interest.