NHS Resolution announces partnership to evaluate maternity safety schemes

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NHS Resolution is pleased to announce a collaboration with The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) at the University of Cambridge to support the evaluation of its two maternity safety programmes: the Early Notification Scheme and Maternity Incentive Scheme. The research undertaken by THIS Institute will support the evaluations currently underway at NHS Resolution, which will be reported on this year.

NHS Resolution’s Early Notification Scheme for obstetric brain injury is designed to accelerate the investigation of legal liability whilst increasing opportunities to learn and improve safety. An interim evaluation identified that the scheme is delivering and enabling early payments of interim compensation to be made. The current evaluation will include an in-depth analysis of the Early Notification Scheme’s impact on the experiences of families and healthcare staff.

The Maternity Incentive Scheme sets out ten safety actions, developed and agreed by a range of organisations engaged in safety improvement drawing on existing evidence-based safety improvement initiatives. A financial incentive for achieving all ten actions is built into NHS Resolution’s indemnity scheme with discretionary funding available for safety improvement plans to support Trusts to meet any standards which they are not currently achieving. The evaluation will include an assessment of stakeholder perceptions and the impact of the scheme more broadly.

We are excited to collaborate with THIS Institute, and welcome this opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of our maternity schemes, understanding their strengths and areas for improvement, and importantly learning more about the impact of our schemes for families and NHS staff.

Megan Bidder, Director of Safety & Learning at NHS Resolution:

The evaluation we will be undertaking will have a key role in optimising both schemes. Using a range of methods to explore the experiences of families, and those working in the service, the learning it produces will be highly practical and action-focused.

Professor Jane O’Hara, Director of Research at THIS Institute:

The Consultancy Services team at Cambridge Enterprise, the University’s commercialisation office, are providing support and contract management for the project.