The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (known as MatNeoSIP), was renamed following the launch of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy in July 2019. It was previously known as the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative. Read more about the NHS Patient Safety Strategy.
Led by NHS England and Improvement, the National MatNeoSIP’s mission is to create and embed the conditions for all staff to improve the safety and outcomes of maternal and neonatal care by reducing unwarranted variation and provide a high quality healthcare experience for all women, babies and families across England. Read more about the National MatNeo SIP.
In the West of England, MatNeoSIP is supported by the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative, which is hosted by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). Read more about our Patient Safety Collaborative.
To find out more about our work and resources in the West of England related to maternal and neonatal safety during COVID-19, please visit our responding to COVID-19 webpages.
About the Maternal and Neonatal Patient Safety Network
Our regional Maternal and Neonatal (MatNeo) Patient Safety Network forms the structure and delivery model for the three-year National MatNeoSIP. You can download our Maternity and Neonatal Patient Safety Network Charter here.
The MatNeo Patient Safety Network offers a unique opportunity for those working to improve maternal and neonatal care across the local maternity systems to interact and collaborate, and a forum for local improvement to thrive.
The MatNeo Patient Safety Network aims to create a safe space for local learning and sharing and includes members from all providers of maternity and neonatal services, multi-professionals, women, families, and other key stakeholders and covers the West of England region (click here to see a map of our region).
Locally, we are working in partnership with our regional Trusts, Local Maternity and Neonatal Systems (LMS), and other partners including (but not limited to):
- South West Maternity and Children’s Network
- South West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network
- South West Academic Health Science Network
- Better Births Gloucestershire
- South West Regional Maternity Safety Champions
- South West Public Health England
- South West Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Clinical Network
- South West AHSN
- Wessex AHSN
- Charities such as Tommy’s, Bliss, The Twins Trust, SANDS
The National MatNeoSIP aims to:
- Contribute to the national target of increasing the proportion of smoke-free pregnancies to 94% or greater by March 2023.
- Support the spread and adoption of the preterm perinatal optimisation care pathway across England by 95% or greater by March 2025.
- Support the development of a national pathway approach for the effective management of maternal and neonatal deterioration using the Prevent Identify Escalate Respond (PIER) framework across all settings by March 2024.
- Work with key stakeholders to support the development of a national Maternal Early Warning Score (MEWS) by March 2021 and spread to all providers by March 2024.
- To support the spread and adoption of the neonatal early warning ‘trigger and track’ score (NEWTT) to all maternity and neonatal services by March 2023e for thanking and praising people in your team.
We will support these objectives locally by focusing on:
- Optimisation and stabilisation of the preterm infant through
- Smoke-free pregnancy
- Early recognition and management of deterioration of women and babies through
- testing MEWS at a system level;
- examining the current MatNeo Prevent, Identify, Escalate and Respond (PIER) pathway and
- supporting the adoption and spread of the neonatal early warning ‘trigger and track’ score (NEWTT).
To meet our local objectives we will continue to build on past experiences and successes such as PReCePT (Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour) and the PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Preterm Birth) Care Bundle, which was delivered in partnership with South West AHSN.