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Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)

Do you have views about local maternity services that you would like to share?

Would you like to help shape the future of maternity services in south Essex? 

MSLCs were set up to encourage women, midwives and doctors involved in maternity care to work together to improve the services offered to local women. The MSLC is an independent advisory body that has a key role in the successful implementation of NHS policies in respect of maternity services.

The Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLC) gives people with experience of maternity services in south Essex a chance to have their say about local maternity services. These services include antenatal appointments, care at the time of the birth of your baby (in hospital or at home) and the care you received after you had your baby both in hospital and once you got home.

South Essex has two well-established Maternity Services Liaison Committees with membership that includes lay members, clinical staff from Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, National Childbirth Trust, Breast feeding and other community groups, managers of Maternity Services, representatives from public health and the Primary Care Trust. The groups meet approximately six times a year and work in partnership to discuss and plan the local maternity services.

Travel and childcare expenses are reimbursed for lay members, and training and support to help make an effective contribution to meetings is provided. One MSLC covers Basildon, Thurrock, Brentwood and Billericay, whilst the other covers Southend, Rochford, Rayleigh and Castle Point.

We are currently looking for people who used the maternity services at Southend Hospital to join the South East Essex Committee. Please contact Owen Richards, Head of Commissioning (Children & Maternity) if you are interested on 01268 705136 or by email:

If you would like speak to someone about the care you received, or to make a formal complaint, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 587 9159, 9am-5pm, weekdays, or email:  

Supervisors of midwives give guidance and support to both midwives and you to ensure that the care offered is right for you, is given in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby. Each maternity unit must have supervisors available to speak to parents. For more information read the leaflet available to download below:




Maternity Services Liaison Committee
Offers help and support for MSLCs as well as links to current guidelines and policies in order for them to function effectively.

NHS Choices
Information and advice on pregnancy

National Childcare Trust
The NCT helps over a million mums and dads each year through pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood. They offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and information to help parents.


Essex Mums
Share information, experience and stories of life as a parent in Essex.


Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Jennie Ponting, Head of Midwifery, 01268 524900
Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals (Queen’s Hospital) 
Wendy Matthews, Head of Midwifery, 01708 435394

Mid Essex Hospitals (Broomfield Hospital) 
Meredith Deane, Head of Midwifery, 01245 362000

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sharon Murrell, Acting Head of Midwifery, 01702 435555

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