Independent review of maternity services at
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

News and Updates

April 2021

Concerns over ‘safety culture’ at Shropshire’s major hospitals revealed in staff survey

The results of NHS Staff Survey undertaken in 2020 show that the overall ‘safety culture’ score for Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust was the worst nationally.

March 2021

The NHS is to provide an additional £95million of funding for improving maternity services following on from the Ockenden Review

The NHS is to spend £95million on improving safety in maternity services in England, following on from the first report of the Ockenden Review of maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust (SaTH).

The report outlined the immediate and essential actions and local actions for learning to improve maternity care at SaTH and in the wider maternity system across England. 

The additional money will be used to increase the numbers of midwives and doctors in hospitals. There will also be “training and development programmes to support culture and leadership”.

Read NHS Improvement Board meeting papers  

Read more on BBC News online

March 2021

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust sets up new Ockenden  Report Assurance Committee

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has set up a new committee to ensure that all the essential actions for the Trust that were outlined last year, in the first report of the Ockenden Review,  – a review of maternity services at SaTH –  are being implemented.

The committee titled the ‘Ockenden Report Assurance Committee’ (ORAC) held its first meeting on Thursday 25 March between 8.30 -11am. The ongoing meetings will be used to track the Trust’s progress on taking forward the essential actions of the Ockenden Review. 

The meetings will be held in public to ensure transparency and with COVID restrictions still in place, people will also be able to watch the meetings online.Committee members will include the Trust’s Chief Executive, Louise Barnett, and representatives from partner organisations, including Shropshire and Telford and  Wrekin Maternity Voices Partnership, Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Healthwatch. 

February 2021

On Thursday 11th February 2021 there was a joint press release announcing the Maternity Improvement Partnership between the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT. 

The partnership will support the Maternity department at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust on the following areas:

  • Leadership development
  • Quality of evidence & reporting
  • Clinical governance approaches
  • Working practice
  • Culture
  • Patient experience

Read more here about the plans for a formal Maternity partnership between the two Trusts.

January 2021

The West Midland Ambulance Service (WMAS) had their Board of Directors meeting on 27th January. At the meeting they presented a report which outlined the assurance required to ensure they are delivering the best possible care, as well as learning from the Ockenden report to identify any further actions that WMAS can take to improve care to women who are in labour and who may have complications of labour.

They note that “although, it may appear that the Ockenden report is more applicable towards hospitals, as an emergency ambulance service providing pre-hospital maternity care, it is essential we respond to at least 4 of the 7 Immediate and Essential Action’s (IEA) highlighted within the Ockenden Report which apply to our trust. In addition, there are generic relevant issues that are highlighted in the report and these are highlighted in the enclosed action plan.”

Attached are the papers from the board meeting, please note it is 208 pages long. The section related to the Ockenden report starts on page 37. It also contains their action plan in relation to the Ockenden Report (2020) WMAS Review of Immediate and Essential Actions and Ockenden Report (2020) WMAS Review of Relevant Issues in Report.

Read papers from the board meeting here  

January 2021

New funding for maternity leadership training following on from the Ockenden maternity review

The Government has announced a £500,000 maternity leadership programme to train senior maternity and neonatal leaders. This follows on from the issue of leadership being identified as a key factor in Donna Ockenden’s independent review into cases of neglect and preventable baby deaths at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.

January 2021

Please read press release released on the 12th January 2021 from the Department of Health and Social Care concerning maternity leadership training following on from our first report published 10th December 2020

January 2021

Please read letter  from England’s Chief Midwifery Officer and National Clinical Director for Maternity regarding next steps following the publication of our first report on the 10th December 2020. 

December 2020

Nursing and Midwifery Council’s response to the Ockenden Report.

Read more

December 2020

Donna Ockenden appears before The Health Select Committee 15th December 2020

Today, 15th December 2020 as the Chair of the Independent Maternity Review at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Donna Ockenden was asked to appear before the  Health Select Committee  at  The Houses of Parliament. Donna was invited to answer questions from the Select Committee on our first report published on Thursday. Donna’s piece runs from 0952hrs   to 1027 hrs  but before and after that there is some very interesting information on maternity services.

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