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
- obstetric anaesthetists
- support staff
You might also like to consider inviting commissioners, GPs and public health representatives, for example.
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