Led by NHS England and Improvement, the national Maternal and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme’s (MatNeoSIP) 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 MatNeoSIP.

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.

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About the Maternity and Neonatal Patient Safety Network

Our regional Maternity and Neonatal (MatNeo) Patient Safety Network forms the structure and delivery model for the three-year MatNeoSIP. Review our Maternity and Neonatal Patient Safety Network Charter, and work programme driver diagram, here.

Our 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. Please visit our events page to find further details of our latest patient safety meetings.

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).

Who are we working with

Locally, we are working in partnership with our regional Trusts, Local Maternity and Neonatal Systems (LMS), and other partners including (but not limited to):

Key ambitions

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 2023.

We will support these objectives locally by focusing on:

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.

Read more about PReCePT.

Read more about PERIPrem.

Reducing inequity – Regional Perinatal Equity Network

Want to be part of a network to explore improvements and reduce inequity outcomes for parents? Join our Regional Perinatal Equity Network.

In response to the growing commitment in the region to work together to address inequality within maternity and neonatal services the Network was launched in July 2021 by West of England and South West AHSNs. The Network is open to all working within maternity and neonatal services, related organisations or with a responsibility or interest in reducing inequalities in the NHS. We warmly welcome parents or patient partners to join us.

Our ambition is for the network to serve as a community of practice, exploring the delivery of meaningful, actionable improvements to reduce inequity of outcomes for women and families within the perinatal system.

Aims & Objectives:

  • To provide a space for collaboration, discussion and sharing of learning related to reducing inequity for those working in perinatal care in the West and South West AHSN regions.
  • To demonstrate a regional commitment to addressing inequalities in maternity and neonatal systems.
  • To facilitate a psychologically safe space to explore cultural competency and diversity fluency.
  • To act as a community of practice for those implementing inequality QI within the maternity and neonatal systems.

Meetings are held every couple of months, with the next being held on 25 January 2022. Please visit our events page to find further details and reserve your place.

Collaborative wins Q funding to help improve maternity outcomes for Black mothers

Outside of our work on MatNeoSIP and the Regional Perinatal Equity Network, we are leading a new collaborative focused on improving maternity outcomes for Black mothers.

Inspired by Black Mothers Matter’s vision that one day Black mothers will no longer be disproportionately in danger during pregnancy and the first year after birth, the project has been developed by the West of England AHSN, in partnership with Representation Matters and BCohCo, thanks to Q funding.

Read more about the collaborative’s work.

Get in touch

For more information on our Maternity and Neonatal work and events, please contact our Patient Safety Team.

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Maternity and Neonatal care during COVID-19

If you are a healthcare professional, or are pregnant, we have a helpful resources page to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Find out more about PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth), and download resources, to improve the outcomes for premature babies.

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The PReCePT programme is reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy by offering magnesium sulphate to all eligible women in England during preterm labour (less than 30 weeks).

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Improving patient safety

Our award-winning support for improving patient safety is central to our work in transforming health services and systems.

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