Launched in April 2020, PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth) is a perinatal care bundle to improve the outcomes for premature babies across the West and South West regions. The bundle consists of a number of interventions that will demonstrate a significant impact on brain injury and mortality rates amongst babies born prematurely.

As of April 2021, PERIPrem merged into the NHS England commissioned Maternal and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (known as MatNeoSIP). Read more about MatNeoSIP.

West of England Academic Health Science network is delivering PERIPrem in partnership with The South West Academic Health Science Network and The South West Neonatal Network. We are working with Health Innovation Network (HIN), British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and other organisations to ensure the PERIPrem bundle is at the forefront of innovation and research.

The bundle is the first of its kind, and builds on lessons learned from designing and delivering the PReCePT (Preventing Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour) project as well as being clinically owned and driven by perinatal staff across the region. It will support maternity and neonatal units in implementing or improving innovative elements of care that will contribute to a reduction in brain injury and death in the smallest and earliest born babies. Links to each of the bundle elements can be found at the bottom of this page.

PERIPrem is not just about implementing a care bundle. It is about forging a new way of working, where clinicians from obstetrics, midwifery and neonatal join together to drive forward and revolutionise care for pre term babies. Read more here

In June 2021, PERIPrem was shortlisted for a 2021 HSJ Patient Safety Award. At the awards on 20 September 2021, PERIPrem was highly commended in the category of  Patient Safety Pilot of the Year – read more about this achievement.

PERIPrem was also shortlisted for Provider Collaboration of the Year at the HSJ Awards on 18 November 2021.

In the video below parents of premature babies give their accounts of how their births were affected by the implementation of the PERIPrem care bundle.

Read more about the project

Meet the team working on the project

Perinatal equity

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

Resources to implement PERIPrem

Our Resources page contains all of the current tools and documents that will support you as a clinical team on your PERIPrem journeys. This includes a number of documents in both English and other languages that are designed to help inform and fully involve parents in the care of their preterm baby.

Our News and new materials page  contains the latest new resources, public videos and playlists of key videos.

The PERIPrem bundle elements