Call for nominations for the maternal morbidity regional review panels

1 Sep 2016 | Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

The Health Quality & Safety Commission wishes to appoint panel members in order to establish regional maternal morbidity reviews (reviews) under the leadership of the Maternal Morbidity Review Group (MMWG).

The deadline for nominations has been extended and now close at 5pm on 19 September 2016.

The aim of the MMWG is ‘to improve the quality and experience of maternity care for women, babies and whānau, informed by robust, consistent, reportable and women-centred maternal morbidity review’. Regional reviews will help to identify areas for improvement in maternity care provision and the potential development of national quality improvement initiatives with the vision of better maternity outcomes for New Zealand women.

A maximum of 18 (20 for the Central region) members will be appointed to each of the four regional review panels for a period of 24 months. Each panel meeting will be no bigger than 12 members and must include a minimum of one consumer. The larger number of panel members is to ensure that there is a sufficient number of members available for panel meetings. We anticipate that each regional panel will be held once or twice per year, depending on the number of cases for review. Panel members are expected to rotate within their regional panel so that all members attend a similar number of meetings.

Nominations for members are expected to be made by either a professional college or district health board (DHB). DHB employees must have their nomination supported by their DHB (for example, for time away from work and backfill if needed) but travel will be paid by the Commission. The respective colleges have agreed to provide professional points for attendance at panel meetings.

Clinical panel members will collectively have the following knowledge and expertise:

  • Specialist experience eg, obstetrics/anaesthetist/intensivist/midwifery
  • Relevant post-graduate clinical experience
  • Previous leadership roles
  • An understanding of Māori and Pacific perspectives
  • An understanding of the region that they are representing
  • Experience as previous maternal morbidity reviewers or the equivalent (e.g., previous SAMM panel)
  • Interest in being local or regional morbidity review champions
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Highly developed written and oral skills
  • Respect of peers
  • Ability to engage with the other members of the panel and contribute constructively.

We ask that the DHBs consider discussing with, and nominating, consumer representatives to the panels from their DHB Maternity Quality and Safety Programme consumer stakeholders.

Members not employed by DHBs will be paid in line with the Cabinet Office Circular CO (12) 6 (Group 4, level 2).

The MMWG is a Working Group of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC), appointed under section 59e of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Under the umbrella of the PMMRC the legislation provides protection of clinical information and prevention of disclosure. Therefore, all panel members will be required to become Agents of the PMMRC. Agents are strictly regulated and punishable by a fine of $10,000 and disciplinary proceedings if they disclose information contrary to Schedule 5 of the Act.

Please forward all applications and nominations to Leona Dann by 5pm on 19 September 2016.

Application forms and information

Last updated 07/09/2016