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Maternity and Neonatal

The national Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement programme (MatNeo SIP) is delivered locally by Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley, led by our Maternity and Neonatal network established in 2014, consisting of stakeholders across our system. 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.

Current projects include

  • 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)