Safety in maternity units concerns us all. This project aims to draw together related partners to facilitate staff in maternity units to improve safety standards and processes through intensive collaborative working.
June 2009 - March 2011
The King's Fund
The project grew from research undertaken by The King's Fund into the safety of maternity services. It became clear that research was not enough, and the Fund was uniquely placed to bring together partners to apply the research findings into maternity units in order to generate positive change.
Safer Births will:
• identify approaches to patient safety and translate these ideas into practical changes.
• nurture and test local approaches to promote uptake more broadly
• promote a coordinated approach to helping frontline professional improve safety which brings together the expertise and activities of partner organisations
• develop a self-sustaining mechanism to ensure that patient safety initiatives in maternity can be continuously disseminated.
Identify approaches to patient safety and translate these ideas into practical changes
Activities» Partnering with the RCOG, RCM and others we are gathering all information on best practice, and working with maternity units to implement it
Success will be evidence of new approaches being adopted
Nurture and test local approaches to promote uptake more broadly
Activities» Through our cluster groups of maternity units we will ensure that local learning is shared and disseminated
Success will be evidence of cross-fertilisation of approaches in other areas
Promote a coordinated approach to helping frontline professionals improve safety
Activities» Continue to raise issues of safety in maternity in various national and international fora as well as continuning research into maternity matters
Success will be a full programme of maternity safety messages delivered to a range of fora and networks
Set up an self-sustaining system for maternity safety initiatives to be continuously disseminated
Activities» We will run a series of national conferences and use a web portal to share best practice, ensuring it is bedded into the wider health community
Success will be longevity of a system that continues to make an impact on maternity safety after five years
Long term the project seeks to raise standards in all English maternity units, and success would be demonstated in a reduction of preventable maternal and child deaths and serious accidents.
This is a new approach to health care improvement, and there are risks that an intensive improvement network will not bring about systemic change. We are continuously evaluating impact and percieved impact, and responding to feedback to ensure the programme has long term impact
We will report to donors on outcomes following completion of the project in March 2011. We will also provide opportunities for donors to attend national events featuring the programme.
Budget - Project Cost: £100,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £100,000 Project management Contribution towards the project from external sources
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Grant-making trusts £10,000 Guaranteed Corporate sector £10,000 Guaranteed
Maternity units in the following hospitals:
Barts and The London NHS Trust
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
Medway NHS Foundation TrustMid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
The project benefits mothers and babies being born in the areas around the 12 hospitals in the programme
The King's Fund is investing its own resources in making sure the Safer Births project can happen. We are able to coordinate different stakeholders wishing to improve maternity safety and have the credibility to manage an improvement project of this nature. We are seeking other partners to join us in making a difference of mothers and babies
Read more about the Charity running this project.
The King's Fund Health Care Improvement Team
A group of individuals running the project by providing project management, leadership training and clinical advice