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Joint professional initiative to improve care of mothers and babies

ROCG and RCM educational scheme aims to make UK safest place to give birth

Caroline White

Monday, 03 December 2018

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have launched a new initiative to enable local maternity teams to roll out national recommendations to improve the care of mothers and babies, and make the UK the safest place to give birth.

‘Each Baby Counts: Learn and Support’ is a three-year partnership between the two colleges, supported and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to the tune of £1.7 million.

It will work with several local maternity units to support multi-professional learning and clinical leadership, improve joint working, and drive innovation, building on the learning from previous collaborative initiatives to improve maternity safety, such as the 'Labour Ward Leaders' and 'Each Baby Counts' programmes.

The latest report from the 'Each Baby Counts', published on 13 November, shows that multiple factors lay behind poor outcomes in care for mothers and babies.

RCM chief executive Gill Walton said: “I believe that together we can build on the trust and buy-in we already have from frontline clinical staff for initiatives by providing them with the support they need to translate lessons learned into improvements in everyday care.”

Professor Lesley Regan, RCOG president, added: “This innovative programme will empower healthcare staff on the frontline to learn locally, and place women, their babies and families at the heart of improvements. We will continue to build on the progress we have made in understanding where maternity services need to improve.”

Minister for health Jackie Doyle-Price commented: ‘We want to make the NHS one of the safest places in the world to give birth by halving rates of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries by 2025.

“We have already made excellent progress on this ambition but there is more to do, so I am delighted the department can fund this vital work that will support learning and improve best practice in maternity care right across the NHS.”’

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