Developing a programmatic approach to user-led design and engagement for a regional perinatal health

Health equity is at the heart of Apollo’s mission, so we are excited to announce our partnership with South West Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN) to develop a user-led design and engagement strategy working with ‘seldom heard’ or ‘easy to ignore’ communities in the South West UK. The partnership’s goals are to understand the barriers and enablers to accessing perinatal health care in the South West, with the outcomes of this project informing the future development of broader health equity programmes across the region.

Inequalities in access and outcomes to perinatal services are widely acknowledged in the UK (Allen & Sesti, 2018; McLeish & Redshaw, 2017). For example, the Ethnic and Socio-economic Inequalities in NHS Maternity and Perinatal Care for Women and their Babies report (2021) des