Event brings together maternity and neonatal experts

More than 50 delegates recently attended the Local Maternity and Neonatal System’s (LMNS) safety and quality day. This collaborative event was aimed at identifying emerging safety themes and to develop strategies and objectives for the LMNS and its acute providers to work on for the forthcoming year.

Attendees included executive sponsors and senior clinical leaders including, directors of midwifery and senior midwifery management, obstetric consultants, neonatologists, midwives, public health colleagues and the Maternity Voice Partnership.

The key themes identified were-

  • patient information sharing- how to best do this for the population, looking at a range of mediums including differing social media platforms, languages etc.
  • how to tackle inequity in outcomes for mothers from black and minority ethnic communities including through addressing racism and cultural competence
  • clinical escalation- how to ensure this happens effectively and the utilisation of tools to support this
  • triage services- working towards a standardised approach across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire maternity services to reduce unwarranted variation to the pregnant population

Rosi Shepherd, Chief Nursing Officer at the NHS Integrated Care Board for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, said:

“We are passionate about the quality and safety of our maternity and neonatal services, so events like this are important for us to discuss the latest research, new ideas and different ways of working. Not only was there the chance to listen to presentations from key speakers, it was a positive networking event with the opportunity to chat with colleagues face to face which is a rarity in our current climate.”

L-R: Sonah Paton, Black Mothers Matter; Noshin Menzies, West of England Academic Health Science Network; Lisa Kirk, Consultant, North Bristol Trust; Laura Lewison, Midwife, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sarah Bates, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, Great Western Hospital, co-lead for the PERIPrem project across the South West, updating the BNSSG LMNS on the progress being made to improve outcomes for preterm babies.