Why is there a need for improvement in maternity care?
Families, babies, children and young people have been at the heart of improvement for Scottish Government over the past few years. The maternity programme activities take cognisance of existing national policies and approaches, including the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland (2010), Neonatal Care in Scotland: A Quality Framework (2013) and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). In 2017, the Scottish Government launched The Best Start: A five-year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland. Key recommendations from this are central to the maternity care programme.
Other national initiatives are in progress to improve outcomes for women, babies and children. We work closely with the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) and leads of other national programmes such as Mothers and babies: reducing risk through confidential enquiries in the UK (MBRRACE-UK)
SPSP Maternity Care is currently focusing on reducing stillbirth, neonatal mortality and severe postpartum haemorrhage as well as implementation of a national maternity early warning chart.
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- Useful Links
National records for Scotland (NRS) Link to stillbirth and neonatal mortality data for Scotland. Published on a quarterly basis.
The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland: A five-year forward plan for the improvement of maternity and neonatal services in Scotland. Published January 2017.
National Maternity and Perinatal Audit The NMPA is a large scale audit across England, Scotland and Wales. The suite of measures reported relates to core measures of SPSP Maternity and Neonates.
- Data and Measurement
Measurement Plan Published January 2019
- Board Sharing
Safety Handbook for Maternity Services. Healthcare Improvement Scotland (2016)
CTG start and end sticker. PROMPT 2016
- Webex Recordings
The following are recordings, PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations and relevant resources from the MCQIC Maternity Care WebEx series.
23 May 2019 - SPSP Joint Maternity & Neonatal Care WebEx - Breast milk in preterm and term babies by Dr Colin Peters, Neonatal Clinical Lead, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and AnneMarie Bruce, Infant Feeding Development Midwife at NHS Lanarkshire.
- View the recording of the WebEx
- View the presentation by Dr Colin Peters
- View the presentation by AnneMarie Bruce
28 March 2019 - SPSP Maternity Care WebEx featuring guests from Clevermed - Jackie Russell and Maggie Reid. A question and answer session regarding the maternity measures on BadgerNet.
26 February 2019 - Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and Stillbirth by Angela Cunningham, Midwifery Clinical Lead and Clare Willocks, Obstetric Clinical Lead at Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
- View the recording of the WebEx
- View the presentation
- 'Think PPH, Think 5 T's' poster from NHS Lanarkshire
- WHO's updated recommendation on intravenous tranexamic acid for the treatment of PPH
- Cochrane: Tranexamic acid for preventing bleeding after delivery
- Teach-back - a technique for clear communication
10 December 2019 - Maternity and neonatal preterm perinatal well being package. Project surgery discussing key elements of the package.