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The academic year started with an exciting event in Manchester.

Lucy Potter who is the chair for Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP) in Leeds was invited to attend the NHS EXPO and present with colleagues Karen Poole (Program Manager) and Head of Midwifery Annemarie Henshaw on the ‘How to Succeed at System Level Planning’ at Manchester Central.

Lucy was representing the service user voice on behalf of her position within the Local Maternity System (LMS) of West Yorkshire and Harrogate. It was an opportunity to underline the importance of the membership of the MVP which is crucial for the LMS board in contributing to the decision making and improving maternity care in the within the Integrated Care System. Lucy helped illustrate how shared learning between the 7 MVPs has helped inform and shape maternity experiences and outcomes of women and families in the region.