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

News and Updates

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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December 2020

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. 

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. 

December 2020

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. 

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December 2020

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

December 2020

Actions in Donna Ockenden Review must be acted upon immediately by all maternity services say Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

Strong leadership, challenging poor workplace culture, and ringfencing maternity funding are key to improving safety. That’s the message from two leading Royal Colleges as they respond to the independent review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust led by Donna Ockenden.

Read statement from RCM   

Read statement from RCOG

December 2020

Group B Strep Support’s response to Ockenden Review into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Group B Strep Support has responded to the interim findings of the independent review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals (SATH) NHS Trust by a team led by midwifery expert Donna Ockenden, published today.

December 2020

Care Quality Commission (CQC) statement following the publication of the first report

Professor Ted Baker, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said:  
“The death or injury of a new baby or mother is a devastating tragedy and something that everyone working in the health and care system must do all they can to prevent.   
 “The emerging findings from Donna Ockenden’s review make for difficult reading. Limited oversight of risk, insufficient safety training for staff, poor communication with families, and a lack of robust investigation or learning when errors were made. Sadly, these are all themes that have been identified before, but yet again it has taken the repeated persistence of campaigning families and patients to bring them to the fore.  

“The continued national focus on the safety of maternity services is welcome – and we are seeing some positive change. However, the progress made does not yet meet the scale of the challenge.  

“As we set out in our Getting Safer Faster briefing earlier this year, there needs to be concerted national action and accelerated efforts to ensure that improvements in safety are achieved with the urgency required.  A major factor in this is the need to drive a change in culture that means the voices of staff, patients and their families are listened to and acted on. Without this shift we will not move forward. 
 “We welcome the recommendations set out by Donna Ockenden and her team and will monitor their implementation by the Trust, as well as working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England/Improvement and wider system partners to play our part in supporting implementation. 

December 2020

West Mercia Police statement following the publication of the first report 

Assistant Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, Geoff Wessell, said: “Our investigation is running concurrently to the Ockenden Review and we have had sight of the report that has been released today. 

“We are mindful that the families involved with the review have waited patiently for the initial learning actions outlined in the report. I want to reassure them, and the wider community, that our investigation will, in no way, impede the work of the Ockenden Review or prevent the actions outlined in today’s report from being implemented. 

“Our investigation into maternity services at the Trust remains ongoing and, as such, we are not in a position to release any further information at this time. When there is an update we can provide we will share this with the families involved first and foremost and then to the wider public.”

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