Sharing learning at regional London and South East maternity event

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On 25 January 2024, in collaboration with Kennedys, we held a face-to-face regional maternity event for London and the South East, Collaboration for safer and sustainable maternity care.

We were pleased to be joined by delegates and representatives from a number of trusts and local maternity and neonatal systems, all of whom have a keen an interest in improving maternity safety.

The event was chaired by Megan Bidder, Director of Safety and Learning at NHS Resolution, and Christopher Malla, Partner and Head of Healthcare, Kennedys.

Speakers represented a range of maternity professionals from across the multi-disciplinary team and services. We were also delighted to welcome a maternity advocate from the Early Lives-Equal Start project to represent the patient voice at the event.

Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we plan to use a similar format for future maternity events in the other regions.

Some of the highlights included:

  • A collaborative presentation by NHS Resolution’s Safety and Learning and Claims Management teams that provided an overview the regional claims data and highlighted some of the learning from Early Notification cases.
  • A presentation by Dr Brenda Kelly (Consultant Obstetrician, Oxford University Hospitals) in partnership with Melissa Latchman (Maternity Advocate) on the Early Lives-Equal Start programme. This is a place-based co-produced initiative to improve pregnancy and early parenting experiences of women and birthing people in East Oxford.
  • Dawn Kerslake (Consultant Midwife, South East Coast Ambulance Service), who presented with the team from the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust around their work on Community emergency skills training for midwives and paramedics.
  • The team from Portsmouth Hospital’s presentation on digital focus for maternity safety improvement, specifically looking at the AI technology used to improve access to services and the Staff wellbeing App which is being used by the Trust as part of their Staff Wellbeing initiative.
  • Caroline Lacy (Maternity Matron from Somerset Foundation Trust) and Dr Michael Watts (Founder of ERA Systems) presentation around a digital transformation innovation for obstetric emergencies using a multi-systems approach.
  • Dr Denise Chaffer (Past Director of Safety and Learning, NHS Resolution) was closing keynote speaker. The key points were on starting with the end in mind – keeping parents at centre of all care decisions and having a compassionate and consistent response to harm, and the work NHS Resolution Being Fair work on a just learning culture and reducing incivility.

Thank you to everyone that attended this successful and rewarding face-to-face event.

This event supports our third strategic priority ‘Collaborate to improve maternity outcomes’ as we continue to bring together key parties to see what more can be done to support the government’s maternity safety ambition to halve rates of stillbirth, neonatal and maternal death and brain injuries that occur during or shortly after birth by 2025 and highlighted actions that can be taken to address health inequalities.

For further resources around maternity safety, please visit our Maternity resource page.

If you have a safety improvement project that you would like to share, please let us know by contacting: nhsr.safety@nhs.net