Public Health England has produced Best start in life: return on investment tool. This tool aims to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for children aged up to 5 years old and pregnant women. It pulls together evidence on the effectiveness and associated costs for a number of interventions aimed at providing children with the best start in life. It is accompanied by a report providing details on how the tool was constructed.
NHS Improvement has published A guide to support maternity safety champions. This guide is for maternity safety champions at the frontline, trust board and regional levels. It outlines broad role descriptions and responsibilities, suggests activities to promote best practice and signposts existing safety initiatives and improvements.
NHS England has announced that applications are now open to STPs for the second wave of the Perinatal Mental Health community services development fund. The purpose of the fund is to develop specialist perinatal mental health community services, and increase the availability of high quality interventions and support for women, their babies and families.
A total of £23 million is available through the wave two fund this year and from 2019/20 funding for specialist perinatal mental health community services will be allocated through clinical commissioning group baseline (CCG) budgets.
The Care Quality Commission has published the results from the Maternity services survey 2017. The results show that women are reporting a more positive experience of maternity care and treatment and highlights improvements in areas such as choice of where to give birth, quality of information and access to help and support after giving birth, when compared to the results from previous years’ surveys.
Compared with the last survey in 2015 a greater proportion of women said that they:
were offered the choice of giving birth in a midwife-led unit or birth centre
saw the same midwife at every antenatal appointment
were ‘always’ treated with dignity and respect during labour and birth
were never left alone during the birth of their baby at a time when it worried them
could ‘always’ get help from a member of staff within a reasonable time while in hospital after the birth
NHS England has published Implementing Better Births: continuity of carer. This document provides practical guidance to local maternity systems on how to improve their services so that women experience continuity in the clinicians providing their maternity care.
“Evidence has also shown that continuity of carer reduces risks and will make a significant contribution to reducing rates of stillbirth, neonatal death and
brain injury during birth by 50% by 2030.” Professor Lesley Regan, MD DSc, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Professional Record Standards Body is seeking views from women who use maternity services, parents, health and care professionals and industry representatives on draft standards specifying which clinical information should be recorded and shared in maternity records. The final standard will help people involved in women’s maternity care, and women themselves, to share information quickly and easily.
For the first time these statistics from NHS Digital will combine reporting from two data sources for maternity information – Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) – to give a fuller picture of NHS maternity activity for deliveries in 2016/17. This publication was previously named Hospital Maternity Activity.
• There were 636,401 deliveries in NHS hospitals during 2016-17, a decrease of 1.8 per cent from 2015-16.
• The proportion of deliveries with a spontaneous onset of labour has decreased from 68.7 per cent in 2006-07 to 55.1 per cent in 2016-17.
• The proportion of deliveries where labour was induced has increased from 20.3 per cent in 2006-07 to 29.4 per cent in 2016-17.
• In 2016-17, 355,850 deliveries were recorded within the MSDS by 111 maternity service providers.
• 80.0 per cent of women with babies born at 37 weeks gestation or more had skin-to-skin contact within one hour of the birth.
• 11.6 per cent of women with a recorded smoking status at their booking appointment were smokers.