The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are launching a new programme to support local maternity teams to roll out national recommendations to improve the maternity care of women and babies.
The Each Baby Counts: Learn and Support programme is a three-year partnership between RCOG and RCM with £1.7 million funding support from Department of Health and Social Care.
Each Baby Counts: Learn and Support programme will build on the learning from previous collaborative initiatives to improve maternity safety, such as Labour Ward Leaders and other Each Baby Counts programmes.
Chief Executive of the RCM, Gill Walton, said: “The RCM is pleased to be part of this exciting new programme. 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 every day care.”
The programme is the next step in taking forward recommendations to support making maternity care services in the UK the safest in the world.
Minister for Health, Jackie Doyle-Price, added: “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.”
The programme has been developed following the findings and key recommendations from the RCOG’s Each Baby Counts report. Read the findings here.
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