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.

Latest news

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

If you weren't able to attend the event, you can see highlights from on our Storify channel or via the #MatNeoQI hashtag on Twitter.

Aims of the programme

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

Programme structure

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.


Organisations in the first wave will be critical to the programme’s success. Participants from these organisations will form the first national learning set and foundation for regional communities of practice. They will also provide key learning and case studies from implementing the clinical interventions.

Our support offer

We'll support trusts 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.

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
  • learning 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

The programme 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.

We're leading the programme, working with commissioners, providers, the patient safety collaboratives, maternal and neonatal networks and other system partners.

Background information: national maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative PDF, 109.9 KB

This document outlines further detail about the programme.

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    • nhsi
    • 24 Jan

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    • 29 Jun

    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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