Who we are

The purpose of the Maternity, Children & Young People (MCYP) Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) is to enable a network of stakeholders (people who are both interested in and/or have an influence over Maternity, Children and Young Peoples care). The network will identify and share good practice across complex professional, geographical and organisational boundaries to reduce variation of care and support equity of access to high quality, evidenced based care.

The network covers Maternity, Children and Young Peoples services including Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Each work stream is led by a senior clinician and supported by the strategic network team. The work of the network is overseen by a two Steering Groups, one for Maternity and one for Children & Young People (CAMHS reports via an advisory group into the CYP Steering Group). The groups are made up of commissioners, clinicians, service providers, patients and carers, public health and other improvement bodies.

What we do

The Clinical Leads and Strategic Network Team are responsible for delivering against the following objectives:

  • Developing a strong, cohesive strategic clinical network team
  • Identifying and enabling a truly engaged and empowered stakeholder group
  • Reducing variation in Maternity, Children and Young Peoples (including CAMHS) care across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire
  • Enabling and empowering the clinicians, women, children, young people, families and carer voice in designing and developing service redesign and reform
  • Identifying and supporting the implementation of clinically led best practice and quality improvement pathways
  • Maternity, Children and Young Peoples SCN is respected for its expertise, skills and clinical advice
  • Work with partners to reduce mortality
  • Integrated services delivered in the right place at the right time

The network has three clear objectives with the clinical voice being a common theme throughout:

  • To address unwarranted variation in Maternity, Children and Young People's Services
  • To ensure services provided are safe and sustainable an agreed by clinical consensus
  • To support major reconfiguration of services across the network geographical area

How we do it


The Maternity, Children and Young Peoples SCN has two main principles of working. The first is around networking and partnership working which provides a forum to enable our stakeholders to identify, inform and influence the work programme of the network. Our stakeholders vary from the National Clinical Directors for Maternity, Children and Young People through to local commissioners and providers as well as women, children, young people, families and carers.

Secondly the network's work programme is structured around effective programme and project management ways of working. As such, we have a comprehensive work programme that is structured around the input from our stakeholders with a focus on structured engagement, delivery and the realisation of benefits.

The views of women, children, young people, families and carers are especially important and are represented through number of channels: Our Patients, Carers and Public Involvement (PCPI) Engagement Advisory Group and their involvement in our Steering Groups. Please refer to our PCPI Engagement Strategy for further details on how we are involving and consulting our patients, carers and members of the public.