Trust hosts special event for maternal and neonatal care

MATERNITY and neonatal staff from across the region came to a special event to hear about the work the trust is leading on to improve the outcomes for mothers and babies.

 The trust hosted a conference to talk about the work it is doing as part of the  National Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative.

 The programme 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 2025.

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

The event included presentations from Elaine Gouk, the trust’s clinical director of obstetrics and gynaecology, director of nursing, patient safety and quality Julie Lane, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology Steve Wild, specialist midwife Terri Oliver and midwife Michelle Matchett.

The collaborative is a partnership between the regional branches of the Academic Health Science Network, the Patient Safety Collaborative, the Maternity Network at the Northern England Clinical Network and the Neonatal Northern Network.

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 contact the team at

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