The focus of the safer care theme outlined in the National Maternity Review ‘Better Births; Improving outcomes of maternity services in England’ is on culture, learning, reviewing data and good communication. The need for openness, honesty and good review processes are all highlighted as key factors. The review highlights multi-professional working and shared learning within and across organisational boundaries as fundamental to the delivery of safe, personalised care to women and families.
To help achieve these goals the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative & Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network began hosting regular multidisciplinary shared learning events in 2016. These are supported by all trusts across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes, as well as Swindon and Frimley Health.
Staff value the opportunity for time out to share challenges and successes in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment. They are encouraged to share learning within their own organisations and make changes in clinical practice if appropriate, improving safety and quality of care for mothers and babies.
Previous topics covered at these events include quality improvement projects and shared learning related to handover of care, delayed cord clamping to optimise neonatal condition for preterm infants, identifying and caring for women who have been subject to sexual violence and the management of sepsis in labour.
These events were paused following the session in February 2020 due to the pandemic but recommenced in March 2022.
See below for links to presentations from all of the regional maternity and neonatal shared learning events to date:
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