The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and the South West AHSN are working in collaboration with Southwest Operational Delivery Network to improve the outcomes for premature babies across the region through a new neonatal care bundle: PERIPRem. 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.

PERIPrem is a collaboration following the merger of two successful Evidence into Practice bids put forward by UHBristol and Weston and Great Western Hospital Swindon  Trusts. Following the 2019 Evidence into Practice call both trusts put forward optimisation of the preterm infant QI interventions. The result is the development of the ground breaking PERIPrem Care Bundle now being rolled out across the South West of England region.

An introduction to PERIPrem

In this video, Dr Karen Luyt gives an introduction to PERIPrem, outlining the aims of the care bundle and the next steps for the project.

In this video, Lauren explains how PERIPrem helped her with her pregnancy and the birth of her twins.

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. The bundle will consist of a number of interventions that will demonstrate a significant impact on brain injury and mortality rates amongst babies born prematurely.

This project champions the work of the perinatal team; bringing together neonatologists, obstetricians, midwives and neonatal nursing staff to redesign the way in which preterm babies and mothers are cared for, ante and postnatally. We will work alongside parents and families to ensure that co-production is at the heart of PERIPrem. We seek to reduce inequalities in maternal and neonatal outcomes, reflecting the diverse population of women and families across our region, paying particular attention to improving outcomes for mothers and babies from BAME communities.

Regional and national examples of best practice and innovation will inform design and delivery of the bundle. Quality improvement methodology will embed innovation and creativity into the design process to facilitate effective ways of working that can be shared nationally. We aim to forge a strong regional community of perinatal clinicians dedicated to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable babies in the South West.