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The Collaborating in Pregnancy and Early Years (COPE) Project

Hello and welcome!

Welcome to the Collaborating in Pregnancy and Early years (COPE) website. We are a group of researchers from City, University of London, who are currently working on understanding the ways through which we can support healthcare professionals in working in partnership when delivering maternity services.

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01/09/2017: Recruitment is now closed for the women’s focus group discussion study
02/02/2017: Recruitment is now closed for the midwife interview study

03/11/2016: Recruitment is now closed for the health visitor interview study
01/12/2016: Recruitment is now closed for the women’s views interview study

Why are we doing the COPE Project?

The COPE Project aims to find out how best to support health care professionals in working in partnership in the area of maternal and child health. We aim to achieve this through a number of smaller studies:

This systematic review aimed to summarise the evidence for collaborative working between midwives and health visitors. It found that working in partnership is valued by midwives and health visitors in the UK and abroad. The findings were published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies in 2016.

This interview study aims to explore midwives’ and health visitors’ (in England and Wales) experiences and views of working in partnership with each other in postnatal care, in particular the handover process between midwifery and health visiting services.

Data analysis for this study is expected to be completed in Spring 2017.

Data analysis for this study is expected to be completed in Spring 2017.

  • Focus group study with women
    This study aims to explore recent mothers’ views and experiences of collaborative care as provided by midwives and health visitors. Recruitment for this study is currently ongoing:

Taken together, the COPE Project is a programme of research work that has a view to improve maternity services, through supporting the health professionals who are at the front line of care delivery.


What is this website for?

This website is for those who share the same interests, with the goal of getting people together to improve mothers’, babies’, and families’ health.

This is also for those who are interested in finding out more information about the COPE Project, or who may want to participate in any of our ongoing research studies.

We also aim to use this website to keep you up-to-date with the latest news and events relating to the COPE Project and Team COPE.

Please feel free to browse our website pages for further information on our current research.


The COPE Project is supported by

Institute of Health Visiting

The Institute of Health Visiting

Unite Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association

Unite Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors’ Association

The Royal College of Midwives

The Royal College of Midwives

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