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Maternity and Neonatal

Pregnancy and childbirth are critical times determining the future health and wellbeing of both mother and baby. The National Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement programme (MatNeo SIP) led by NHS England/Improvement is delivered through the Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Network PSN). The programme aims to contribute to reducing the national rate of preterm births from 8% to 6% and halve the rate of stillbirths, neonatal death and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth by 2025.

Critical drivers are our ability to improve safety in maternity and neonatal care by working collaboratively, introducing and spreading innovation and reducing unwarranted variation. This supports a high-quality healthcare experience for all women, babies and families.

PSNs support the key ambitions of the MatNeo SIP programme to:

  • improve optimisation and stabilisation of the preterm infant
  • improve early recognition and management of deterioration in women and babies through –
    • the development and spread of a national Maternal Early Warning Score (MEWS)
    • the spread and adoption of the Neonatal Early Warning Trigger and Track score

Read more about our Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme.

Maternity/Neonatal is one of four key health and care priorities for the Oxford AHSN in 2022/23. Read more about them here or click on the image below.