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NMC response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on the Safety of Maternity Services in England
On Tuesday 6 July, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published their response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on the Safety of Maternity Services in England. You can view the Committee’s report here.
The Health and Social Care Committee’s report outlines that whilst the NHS offers some of the safest maternal and neonatal outcomes in the world, there remains worrying variation in the quality of maternity care which means that the safe delivery of a healthy baby is not experienced by all mothers.
Since shocking failures were uncovered at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust there has been a concerted effort to improve the safety of maternity services in England. However, major concerns have since been raised at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. There can be no complacency when it comes to improving the safety of maternity services and it is imperative that lessons are learnt from patient safety incidents.
The report addresses the following issues related to maternity safety in England:
· Supporting maternity services and staff to deliver safe maternity care
· Learning from patient safety incidents
· Providing safe and personalised care for all mothers and babies
The key points of the NMC response are:
The impact of poor maternity care on women and their families can be devastating. But such dreadful experiences are not inevitable. As the Committee highlights, all of us working in maternity services need to focus on delivering positive and sustainable improvements necessary to deliver safe, kind and effective care every time.
As the professional regulator for key members of the maternity multi-disciplinary team, the NMC has an important role to play, particularly in supporting the implementation of our Future Midwife standards in midwifery education and practice.
We welcome the Committee’s recommendation that we should focus on helping to end the blame culture. We will always act to protect the public where necessary, but professionals must feel confident about speaking up when mistakes happen so they don’t happen again. Our new approach to fitness to practise and the promise of regulatory reform mean we can do just that.
The families whose cherished dreams have been shattered and maternity services staff who want to provide great care deserve nothing less.
The next meeting of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHs Trust Ockenden Report Assurance Committee will be held on the 24th June .
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.
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”.
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.
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: