Although the NHS remains one of the safest healthcare systems in the world within which to give birth, avoidable errors within maternity still occur. Maternity costs make up the largest cost to the NHS in value of claims. The Early Notification Scheme provides a faster and more caring response to families whose babies may have suffered severe harm.
The second report: The evolution of the Early Notification Scheme provides an overview of progress made since the report into the first year of the scheme, which was published in 2019. The report updates on the progress of the key recommendations which were made in the first report and reflects on modifications and improvements made to the scheme since its launch five years ago. It provides an analysis of the main clinical themes, based on a small cohort of cases, and makes recommendations to further improve outcomes for affected families.
We’ve also produced a one page infographic that summarises the key messages at a glance:
On Thursday 6 October, we ran a webinar to introduce the Early Notification Scheme’s second report and its key themes and recommendations. We also provided an update on Early Notification Scheme processes. You can watch the full video above and the slide deck used is available here: