The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Informatics has announced that it will lead a National Maternity and Perinatal Audit, in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit has been commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, at the request of NHS England, the Welsh Government and the Health department of the Scottish Government.
The aim is to explore the quality of care pregnant women and new-borns receive from hospital services across England, Wales and Scotland.
Using high quality data that compares the care provided and outcomes by maternity providers across a wide range of audit measures.
Vice President of Clinical Quality at RCOG, Professor Alan Cameron, said: “The majority of women giving birth in the UK receive safe and high quality care. However, the stillbirth rate is higher in the UK than many other European countries. There is also evidence of substantial variation in maternity care among hospitals, as well as between women from difference socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
“By collecting robust information on outcomes, this audit will allow health care professionals, NHS managers, commissioners and policy makers to examine the extent to which current practice meets the array of guidelines and standards and to compare services and maternal and neonatal outcomes among maternity units.”
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