© Victoria Morgan 2016

Maternity clinical networks

Engage multidisciplinary teams at every maternity unit in quality improvement work and share good practice with neighbouring trust(s).

A collaborative model, where multidisciplinary teams from two or more organisations regularly meet to review current clinical outcomes at maternity unit level and receive training in quality improvement techniques.


Every Birth a Safe Birth provides the opportunity for multidisciplinary teams to meet to share and review data for their units and agree changes to improve clinical quality - so mothers enjoy great care and staff enjoy their work.

Multidisciplinary teams from neighbouring organisations learn from one another.  They meet regularly (around four times a year) and visit one another’s units to view clinical practice.  Their work is supported by a facilitator who provides training in quality improvement techniques, prepares the clinical outcomes data, facilitates the meetings and provides a closed online discussion forum for peer and quality improvement support.

Similar collaborative approaches are credited with: a 10% reduction in stillbirth rate and a 11.5% reduction in neonatal death rate in one year in Scotland (The Health Foundation 2015); and 293 fewer deaths than the 868 expected by six cardiac units in Boston, USA (Malenka & O’Connor 1998).


  • To promote constructive multidisciplinary working (of clinicians, administrators and parents)
  • To share and review clinical quality outcomes indicators for each maternity unit in the network
  • To promote continuous improvement in the quality of maternity services.
  • Receive training in quality improvement techniques, based on the Model for Improvement and the plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle
  • Design, implement and review initiatives to improve clinical quality
  • To encourage innovation
  • To review the effectiveness of the clinical network

The annual fee for the clinical network includes

  • Facilitated network meetings – four, half day meetings are held at member organisations’ premises.
  • Data analysis: a quarterly report on a range of maternal and perinatal clinical quality outcomes indicators shown unit-by-unit with national and international benchmarks (where available).
  • Training in quality improvement techniques, based on the Model for Improvement and plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle.
  • A members’ guide – setting out the purpose of the network, clinical outcomes measures used, delegates' roles and responsibilities and the support provided from Every Birth a Safe Birth.
  • Help to engage parents in the work based on Newell and Swan’s (2000) model of building trust in user engagement, adapted for maternity services.
  • A moderated, online discussion forum exclusive to each clinical network.
  • A year’s telephone and email support.
  • An electronic certificate of attendance sent to every delegate after each network meeting.
  • Evaluation questionnaire given to each delegate after each network meeting; a summary of the responses is fed back to the lead contact at each organisation.

Who should attend?

Multidisciplinary teams from each maternity unit and allied specialities

  • midwives
  • neonatologists
  • obstetric anaesthetists
  • obstetricians
  • support staff
  • paediatricians
  • parents

You might also like to consider inviting commissioners, GPs and public health representatives, for example.


Victoria Morgan

Annual fee

Please request details from victoria@everybirthasafebirth.org


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