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The Baby Lifeline National Maternity Safety Conference

Working together towards safer maternity care

In 2018, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Each Baby Counts programme published their second major report looking at the care of term babies who were either stillborn, died shortly after birth or were at risk of brain damage in England in 2016.

The review found that 674 babies (71%) might have had a different outcome with different care.

In addition to this tragic human cost, the financial impact of avoidable harm in our maternity services is staggering.  According to the latest annual report published by NHS Resolution earlier this month, in 2018/19 the cost of harm in the NHS was approximately £9 billion, of which around 60% (£5.4 billion) relates to maternity claims.

In recent years, the policy landscape around improving maternity safety has been rapidly changing with several new national initiatives and projects. The government have announced a new policy ambition to halve the rate of stillbirths and infant deaths in England by 2025. The ‘long term plan’ for the NHS sets out the steps being taken towards achieving this, including a new National Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative and steps to ensure every trust that provides maternity services has a named Maternity Safety Champion.

Whilst all of these initiatives are welcome, we know from listening to feedback from healthcare leaders and frontline staff that this has also been a potentially confusing time for NHS organisations, with the rapid introduction of so many new initiatives.

For more than 38 years, Baby Lifeline have been working collaboratively across the healthcare system to support front line professionals to deliver safer maternity care for women and babies.  At a crucial time for maternity safety in England, Baby Lifeline is proud to announce that in January 2020, it will be hosting the first National Maternity Safety Conference in Birmingham.

More about the programme…

Baby Lifeline has worked in collaboration with key national organisations; including the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch (HSIB), NHS Improvement (NHSI), NHS England (NHSE), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to put together a truly unique event. Delegates will hear directly from the people leading the national transformation work, learning about progress to date and what further changes are coming. The programme covers the following areas:

  • The latest findings from national maternity work; including the Each Baby Counts project and HSIB’s maternity work.
  • Sharing insights from leading national experts; covering CTG interpretation, culture and quality improvement approaches.
  • Sharing real examples of successful maternity safety improvement and learning; how it was achieved and what the barriers were.

The programme has been designed to be as interactive as possible, with panel Q&A sessions and lots of opportunities for networking.

Who will be speaking?

Baby Lifeline is thrilled that so many fantastic people will be presenting, including Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Dr Bill Kirkup, Nicky Lyon, Professor James Walker, Eddie Morris, Dr Tony Kelly, Michele Upton, Gill Walton, Professor Lesley Regan and many more. We’re also delighted that Shaun Lintern, Bureau Chief at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) will be chairing some of the sessions throughout the day. The full programme and list of speakers is available here.

This fantastic event will be invaluable to a wide range of professionals working in the area of maternity / quality improvement. As a crucial time for maternity services in England, this event will provide delegates with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about national programmes of work, share successful examples of learning and change and to network with other people working together towards safer maternity care.

How to book…

The conference is being held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on 22nd January 2020. Early bird tickets are now available – our booking form can be downloaded here.

Demand for this event is high, so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope to see you in Birmingham in January!

Special thanks…

Baby Lifeline would like to say a special thanks to its headline sponsor for this event, Cardiac Services.


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