Maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative


A three-year programme to support improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England.

Aims of the programme

The Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative is a three-year programme, launched in February 2017. The collaborative is led by our Patient Safety team and covers all maternity and neonatal services across England.

We aim to:

• Support maternal and neonatal care services to provide a safe, reliable and quality healthcare experience to all women, babies and families across maternity care settings in England

• Create the conditions for continuous improvement, a safety culture and a national maternal and neonatal learning system. 

• Contribute to the national ambition of reducing the rates of maternal and neonatal deaths, stillbirths, and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020.

Our support offer

Our support offer is split into three waves with 44 trusts taking part in wave 1 this year. Nominated improvement leads will build their knowledge of improvement theory by attending nine days of learning sessions during each wave. 

Find out when your trust will take part in the collaborative:

wave 1: April 2017 to March 2018

wave 2: April 2018 to March 2019 

wave 3: April 2019 to March 2020

The leads will share their learning with trusts in waves 2 and 3, as we work with them during the second and third years of the collaborative. Through our support they'll apply these new ideas and approaches to improve clinical practices, ensure a reliable quality of care and measure improvement and impact.

We'll  visit and support each trust to build local capability in quality improvement and provide structured support to local teams to assess their service and develop innovative plans that lead to measurable improvements. 

By 2020, we will have supported 134 trusts to:

  • develop local skills and resources for improvement
  • create a local improvement plan
  • improve service quality and safety
  • measure improvement data to show the impact
  • join a local learning system 

At this time we continue to support all 134 NHS trusts to focus on system-level improvement to maternal and neonatal health, helping to develop and support the 44 local maternity systems (LMS). These will encourage collaboration between local providers, partners, women and their families, the maternity and neonatal networks and the Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs), delivered by our AHSN partners.

The learning system is an ‘improvement forum’ where individuals, across different professions, and from different organisations, come together to share and learn about improvement approaches and outcomes.

Background to our work

The collaborative was announced by the Department of Health in October 2016 and supports the aims of the NHS England's Better births maternity review and the maternity transformation programme.

The maternity transformation programme has nine workstreams, covering a range of topics. The Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative falls under Workstream 2: Promoting good practice for safer care.

Contact us

If you would like further information, have any questions about the MNHSC or to get in touch with your local community of practice, please email

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    • nhsi
    • 24 Jan '17

    resource was opened for discussion.

    • bill.kilvington
    • 29 Jun '17

    Having just found this resource, I thought I was post an opening 'hello' and I look forward to using the forum to share information

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