Cross-site maternity safety huddles: delivering world class care at the right time in the right place


The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust have tested and adopted cross-site maternity huddles to improve communication, situational awareness, and care for women and babies with the Maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative.

This case study is useful for anyone working in maternity and neonatal care — including those with an interest in quality improvement and improving care for women and babies, and anyone looking to improve communication and teamwork across multidisciplinary teams.

The case study shows how the safety huddles used have improved the communication, situational awareness, care and experience of women and babies. It talks about the aim, objective and scope of the quality improvement project undertaken by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, the approaches used and the outcomes they have achieved.

This is linked to the work of the Maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative, which is contributing to the national aim to reduce stillbirths, maternal deaths and brain injury occurring during or soon after birth. It also links to the Handover and Huddles guidance developed by Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

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