Maternal and Neonatal Safety
The National Maternal and Neonatal Safety Collaborative was announced by the Department of Health in October 2016 as a part of a number of safety initiatives aimed to achieve the national ambition to reduce the rates of maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth.
All trusts and independent providers in England offering maternity services are asked to make measurable improvements in safety outcomes for women, their babies and families by implementing improvements, exchanging ideas and sharing best practice through a three-year quality improvement programme.
What we know
The programme supports the aims of the Better Births (2016) maternity review, and the Maternity Transformation Programme. It is led by NHS Improvement, working collaboratively with commissioners, providers, the patient safety collaborative, maternal and neonatal networks and other system partners.
Whilst it is acknowledged that maternity care in England is of high quality; the still birth rates are higher than some other high-income countries and still birth rates vary across England.