Trust at forefront of national maternal and neonatal service improvement

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is leading the way in the north east in the National Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative programme.

The three-year programme, launched in 2017 by NHS Improvement, aims to reduce the rates of maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2030.

The trust is one of 44 taking part in the first wave of the programme, and the only one in the north east of England.

Clinical director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the trust, Dr Elaine Gouk, said: “It’s really great for us to be in the first wave as it means we can help to mould the development of the national project. We’re able to link with other organisations across the country and share our ideas and our learning to help improve maternity and neonatal services throughout the NHS.”

“It’s been really interesting to be involved in this programme; our team attended a three-day workshop to learn about quality improvement methodology, we’ve presented at a number of meetings and we’re hosting a regional conference on 23 January 2018 in Durham to share our learning so far.”

The programme was announced by the Department of Health in October 2016 and supports the aims of the NHS England’s Better Births Maternity Review and the Maternity Transformation Programme. This national ambition requires all NHS trusts and any independent providers who provide maternity services in England to make measurable improvements in safety outcomes for women, their babies and families by exchanging ideas and best practice.

For more information about the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative or the Learning and Sharing Event on 23 January, please contact the team at


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