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Major new initiative to improve maternity safety launched

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Safety Collaborative Launch June 2017
Executive Team representatives, midwives, neonatal nurses and consultants at launch event

George Eliot Hospital unveiled plans to further boost the quality of maternity services to enhance the care and safety of babies and mothers at the hospital at a launch event this week.

Maternity services were excited to announce that they are one of the first wave of NHS Trusts to join the National Maternal and Neonatal Safety Collaborative. This is a three-year programme to support improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England. 

The aim of the Collaborative programme is to reduce the rates of maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2030.

This national programme requires all NHS trusts (plus independent providers) who provide maternity services in England to make measurable improvements in safety outcomes for women, their babies and families by exchanging ideas and best practice.

The national maternal and neonatal safety collaborative will help all maternity care providers and commissioners to improve clinical practices, reduce unwarranted variation and report on how they are contributing to achieving the national ambition.

The programme will build local capability in quality improvement and provide structured support for local teams to assess their service and develop innovative plans for measurable improvements.

Three improvement leads within the existing maternity team will be supported by safety champions across the service.

Each organisation will receive a wide-ranging support package over the life of the programme. This includes tailored resources and networks, an annual national learning event, learning sessions, measurement for improvement support, community of practice meetings, monthly visits from NHS Improvement and capability development. They will also have access to a web platform for healthcare called ‘LIFE’ which is a tool to help run quality improvement projects, share work and learn from the work of other Trusts involved in the programme.

Head of Midwifery, Alison Talbot said:” We are really excited to join this programme in the first wave of Trusts as this will help us enhance our recent achievements including implementing the ‘Saving Babies Lives’ initiative, reducing still births and developing the department’s labour leaders programme to improve patient care and safety.

“It will also provide us with the skills ourselves to continuously improve our services to mothers and babies in the local area.”

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