The vision of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network Maternity Clinical Network is that we, as a region, function more as a single maternity unit – collecting data together, reducing variations in care and standards, and agreeing best practice for our region where 30,000 babies are born every year.
In the longer term doing research ‘as a unit’ (big numbers) and introducing innovations ‘as a unit’ will be much easier and more productive. In addition, the nature of the network and the Oxford AHSN enables us to pool expertise and resources including those from outside the NHS – universities and the life sciences industry in particular.
We welcome ideas and innovations from all partners, enabling us to spread great practice and share learning across the Oxford AHSN region.
The hospitals in the Oxford AHSN Maternity Network are part of the following NHS trusts:
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare
- Royal Berkshire
- Oxford University Hospitals
- Great Western Hospitals
- Frimley Health
- Milton Keynes University Hospital.
Maternity Clinical Network Steering Group
The agenda of the Maternity Clinical Network is set by the units and stakeholders involved. A Steering Group meets quarterly to help decide, advise upon and assist with Network projects. The Steering Group includes a senior clinical member of each unit. Further representation includes senior medical, midwifery and research staff from the NHS and universities in the region, and representatives from the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (Children and Maternity), the Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Network and Health Education England (Thames Valley).