The Saving Babies Lives care bundle covers all types of pregnancy, including multiple pregnancies. The care bundle will be evaluated so that it can be developed and refined to ensure that it continues to reflect best practice.
The Maternity Transformation Programme Board will drive forward the implementation of the National Maternity Review, Better Births, published in February this year. It will also include work to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England. The formation of the Board marks a clear step forward towards delivering the vision laid out in the National Maternity Review, ensuring that key organisations work together to improve maternity services. Better Births makes recommendations on the use of data including the development of a set of national indicators to aid data comparison. NHS England and its delivery partners are developing plans to implement this and the report’s other recommendations, and as part of this are considering the case for a national dashboard. A copy of both Better Births and the Saving Babies Lives care bundle are attached.
The Board held its first meeting on 8 June 2016 and is chaired by Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The Board members and the organisations they represent are detailed in the following table.
NHS England and its delivery partners are developing plans to implement the vision set out in Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review. These plans are likely to include commissioning guidance.
Senior Responsible Officer, Chief Nursing Officer
Deputy Chair, Medical Director for Acute Care, NHS England
Clinical lead (obstetrics) / workstream lead (data)
Clinical lead (midwifery)
Dame Julia Cumberlege
Stakeholder Reference Group Chair / Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework Panel Chair
Department of Health / workstream lead (best practice for safer care)
Wendy Reid / Bill Irish
Health Education England / workstream lead (workforce)
Public Health England / workstream lead (public health)
NHS Improvement (Director of Nursing)
NHS Improvement (Director of Patient Safety)
Care Quality Commission
NHS England /workstream lead (local transformation)
NHS England / workstream lead (choice and personalisation)
NHS England / workstream lead (perinatal mental health)
NHS Digital / workstream lead (technology)
NHS England / workstream lead (pricing)
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Midwives
Regional delivery lead / Regional Medical Director, South
Clinical Networks maternity lead / East Midlands Associate Director, Clinical Networks and Senate