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Maternity and Neonatal

Pregnancy and childbirth are critical times determining the future health and wellbeing of both mother and baby. The Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s (AHSN) National Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement programme (MatNeo SIP) led by NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) is delivered through the Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Network (PSN). The programme aims to contribute to reducing the national rate of preterm births from 8% to 6% and reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal death and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth by 50% by 2025.

Critical divers are our ability to improve safety in maternity and neonatal care by working collaboratively, introducing and spreading innovation and reducing unwarranted variation. This supports a high-quality healthcare experience for all women, babies and families, creating a culture of learning from errors and excellence.

The patient safety network supports the key ambitions of the MatNeo SIP programme to:

  • improve the optimisation and stabilisation of the preterm infant
  • improve the early recognition and management of deterioration in women and babies through:
    • the development and spread of a national Maternal Early Warning Score (MEWS)
    • the spread and adoption of the Neonatal Early Warning Trigger and Track score (NEWTT)

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