Our commitment to delivering safe maternity care has been recognised by a national scheme.
We achieved all 10 safety actions for the second year running in the NHS Resolution maternity incentive scheme. This is great news for anyone using our maternity services, as it gives confidence that the care is of the highest standard.
Actions included making sure processes are in place to keep mums and babies together where possible, showing we’ve got a process in place for getting feedback from people using our services and making sure we have an effective workforce in place.
Nicky Foster, Associate Chief Nurse for Midwifery, said: “It’s fantastic we’ve achieved all 10 safety actions two years in a row.
“This is really important for us as it’s evidence we’re delivering a safe maternity service. It shows we put safety first. The standards are all very different – they cover a variety of things such as training, staffing and how we link in with service users.
“An awful lot of work goes into meeting the standards and it’s a very robust process with external verification and checks by NHS Resolution and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I want to say a big thank you to all our staff that have made this possible.”
The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) applies to all acute Trusts that deliver maternity services and are members of the CNST. The aim is to make sure we continue to deliver safe maternity services and as a result of meeting all the actions, we will receive funding from the scheme which will go directly back into our maternity services.
Other actions include submitting relevant data, using a national tool to review perinatal deaths, working with the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) to produce resources, demonstrating robust processes are in place to provide assurances to the Board, making sure staff are fully equipped with training and reporting cases where necessary.
You can read the full report, including our outcomes, on the NHSR website.