The guide recommends various ways to promote best practice, as well as signposting existing safety initiatives and improvements.
Dr Matthew Jolly and Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, two national maternity safety champions, are leading the work across professional groups and system boundaries to maintain the emphasis of high quality, safe maternity care for women and new borns.
In November 2015, the Health Secretary of State announced a national ambition to halve the rate of stillbirths, maternal deaths and neonatal deaths in England by 2025 (the original timeframe was revised from 2030).
In autumn 2016, the ‘Safety maternity care: Next steps towards the national maternity ambition’ was introduced, to develop the maternity safety movement further.
The guide aims to contribute to this movement.
Comment on the latest NHS maternity care resource, Chief Executive and General Secretary at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Gill Walton, said: “The RCM very much welcomes the publication of this important guidance by NHS England.
“Our maternity services are continuing to improve and deliver the safest possible care to women and their babies and that’s why it is so vital we support those who have stepped up to become maternity safety champions within our maternity services.”
‘A guide to support maternity safety champions’ can be found on the NHS England website here.
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