In response to the growing commitment in the region to work together to address inequality and inequity within maternity and neonatal services the Regional Perinatal Equity Network was launched in July 2021 by Health Innovation West of England and Health Innovation South West.

Who can join the network?

The network is open to all working within maternity and neonatal services, related organisations or with a responsibility or interest in reducing inequalities in the NHS. We warmly welcome parents or patient partners to join us.

Aims & Objectives:

Our ambition is for the network to serve as a community of practice, exploring the delivery of meaningful, actionable improvements to reduce inequity of outcomes for women and families within the perinatal system.

  • To provide a space for collaboration, discussion and sharing of learning related to reducing inequity for those working in perinatal care in the West and South West regions.
  • To demonstrate a regional commitment to addressing inequalities in maternity and neonatal systems.
  • To facilitate a psychologically safe space to explore cultural competency and diversity fluency.
  • To act as a community of practice for those implementing inequality QI within the maternity and neonatal systems.

Find out more

Please read our series of blogs focused on perinatal equity.

In October 2022 we held a one year anniversary event. Read more about the event and RPEN’s achievements.

Meetings are held every couple of months – please visit our events listings to find further details and reserve your place.

For more information on the Regional Perinatal Equity Network, please contact Senior Project Manager, Noshin Menzies.

Read more about our Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme.