Thank you to everyone who attended our collaborative launch event on 28 February. It was a great day full of innovation, learning and sharing. We also announced the 44 trusts who will take part in the first annual wave of the collaborative. Guest speakers on the day included:
- The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health
- Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, Chief Executive, The Royal College of Midwives
- Professor Lesley Regan,
President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Aims of the programme
This national ambition 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 health safety collaborative will help all maternity care providers and commissioners to:
- improve clinical practices
- reduce unwarranted variation
- report on how they are contributing to achieving the national ambition
The programme will grow
over three years through annual ‘waves’ and organisations that provide maternity services will be invited to
join the improvement programme.
We'll recruit around 45 trusts each year. We anticipate that each wave will be an approximate geographical spread across the country and where possible, be equally spread between the 15 academic health science networks.
We need providers to tell us now about how they intend to take part and who their local improvement leads will be.
- wave 1: April 2017 to March 2018
- wave 2: April 2018 to March 2019
- wave 3: April 2019 to March 2020
Our support offer
Each organisation will receive a wide-ranging support package over the life of the programme. This includes:
- tailored resources and networks
- annual national learning event
sessions for each wave
- measurement for improvement support
- monthly community of practice meetings
- access to LIFE improvement platform
- improvement and capability development
- monthly trust visits
The methodology on how we'll support each wave is modelled on a breakthrough series collaborative improvement approach.
Additional funding for individual trusts will not be available, but you will receive extensive support worth around £40,000 during the life of the programme.
We'll invest in quality improvement training for local programme leads and provide regular face-to-face coaching.
You'll have access to an online project management system to record and share your improvement work. This will ensure all learning and resources are made available for other maternity care providers and commissioners.
Background to our work
We're leading the programme, working with commissioners, providers, the patient safety collaboratives, maternal and neonatal networks and other system partners.
This document outlines further detail about the programme.
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