Improving safety in maternity services. A toolkit for teams – King’s Fund – 29 March 2012

Posted on March 30, 2012. Filed under: Multidisciplinary Care, Nursing, Obstetrics, Patient Safety | Tags: |

Improving safety in maternity services. A toolkit for teams – King’s Fund – 29 March 2012


The safety of maternity services is of paramount importance. Maternity teams face many challenges in delivering safe care to mothers, babies and families. The King’s Fund launched an independent inquiry into the safety of maternity services in 2006. The report from that inquiry, Safe Births: Everybody’s business, made a series of recommendations about how the safety of maternity care could be improved.

Building on the recommendations from our inquiry and in partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives, the NHS Litigation Authority, Centre for Maternal And Child Enquiries and the National Patient Safety Agency, The King’s Fund launched the Safer Births Improvement Programme, providing customised support to 12 multidisciplinary maternity teams in England. This toolkit shares the experiences and lessons from those teams.

Improving Safety in Maternity Services: a toolkit for teams is organised around five key areas for improvement in maternity care on which the teams focused:

information and guidance
staffing and leadership.”

… continues on the site


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