© 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.


Overview

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).

Objectives

  • 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.


Facilitator

Victoria Morgan


Annual fee

Please request details from victoria@everybirthasafebirth.org

 

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