MatNeoSIP builds on the work of the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, a three-year programme, launched nationally in February 2017.
The MatNeoSIP aims to:
When a baby is going to be born prematurely, particularly when the baby is less than 27 weeks, it is vital that the very best experts in neonatal critical care are present to provide the best possible outcome. This means, when possible, ensuring babies less than 27 weeks are delivered in a maternity unit with a level three neonatal critical care unit attached, of which there are three in the East of England – the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
In our region, this was identified as an area that could be greatly improved and would make a substantial difference to women and their babies. In our region, the Right place of birth project has led to the roll out of two interventions:
All 11 of the maternity units in the Eastern region adopted the Fit for Transfer handover tool and increased awareness of the importance of women giving birth in the right place. In 2020 up until the COVID-19 pandemic, 81% of premature babies in the East of England were born in level three neonatal critical care units, an increase of over 20% since the project initiated.
“The project empowered our midwives because when they transferred a woman they felt confident they had provided all the necessary information to give her the best possible outcome and when they received a woman, they had a greater knowledge of the care required and could prepare accordingly. I’m thrilled to hear the project has sustained. It is a great example of a national directive implemented with local knowledge.”
For more information, please contact Tendai Nzirawa, Maternity Clinical Improvement Lead at [email protected].
The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIPs) support a culture of safety, continuous learning and sustainable improvement across the healthcare system. They are run by the Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs), which are funded and nationally coordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement and hosted locally by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).
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