Table 3

Stakeholder consultation sample

Stakeholder groupNumber of individuals interviewedNumber of individuals who took part in the focus group
Women who had recently used maternity services8
Frontline clinicians (doctors and midwives)194
Middle managers (heads of midwifery and clinical directors)6
Individuals with a leading role in maternity programmes or initiatives82
Improvement experts11
Policy makers (eg, from National Health Service organisations)82
Members of relevant professional bodies (Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives)5