News and Updates
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
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.
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
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.
Nursing and Midwifery Council’s response to the Ockenden Report.
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.
Link to Parliamentlive.tv
Please read letter from Chief Executive, Executive/National Director and National Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement regarding next steps following the publication of our first report on the 10th December 2020.
Ockenden Report a shocking indictment of poor care at Shrewsbury and Telford, says Birth Trauma Association
Today’s report from the Ockenden Review of maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust makes for shocking reading. It is clear that good practice was frequently not followed.
Baby Lifeline, the mother and baby charity, supports all recommendations made in today’s emerging findings report in to maternity care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).
These ‘essential and immediate actions’ originate from The Ockenden Review’s preliminary analysis of 250 cases of concern, including the original 23 cases that led to the review. A total of 1,862 cases will be considered by the review’s conclusion.
SANDS statement following publication of the first report
“It is shocking that so many babies have died at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust. We are here to offer bereavement support to all those parents and families affected, who will be going through unbearable pain following their loss”.
Read full statement from Clea Harmer, Chief Executive SANDS