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Ten out of ten for Wolverhampton Maternity Services

Ten out of ten for Wolverhampton Maternity Services

Date of release: 26 May 2023

Teams at New Cross Hospital are proud to be among a handful of Midland NHS Trusts to have met key safety actions as part of a national scheme supporting safer Maternity and Neonatal care.

The Maternity Incentive Scheme, developed in partnership with national Maternity safety champions, Dr Matthew Jolly and Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, financially rewards NHS Trusts that meet 10 safety actions. This is via a scheme operated by NHS Resolution called Clinical Negligence scheme for Trusts (CNST). 

A baby being held by a carer

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of only eight Trusts within the 21 in the Midlands commissioning region, to have achieved the standards.

The scheme offers a financial rebate of up to 10% of the maternity premium for Trusts that are able to demonstrate progress against a list of ten safety actions.

The 10 safety actions are aligned closely to:

  • Delivery of clinical care
  • Delivery of national quality frameworks and care bundles
  • Multidisciplinary workforce standards
  • Specialised multidisciplinary training and education
  • Co-production of services with Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) and service users 
  • Leadership and oversight at ward through to board level. 

Tracy Palmer, Director of Midwifery and Neonatal Services said: “Achieving ten out of ten of the safety actions means that The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust can demonstrate it has safe processes in place which is so reassuring for the women and families who use our services. 

“This will further assist us to continue to enhance our delivery of care but also ensure that robust audit and monitoring are maintained.  

“It has taken a huge effort from everyone within the Directorate to achieve the 10 safety actions whilst keeping clinical and non-clinical roles/commitments a priority.

“The Directorate is delighted to have achieved again in year four and will strive to continue to achieve these important standards and safety actions in year five.”

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