Neonatal Project: Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme

Project outline

A programme to support improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England – formerly known as the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative.

The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSIP), was renamed following the launch of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy in July 2019. It was previously known as the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative.

MatNeoSIP is led by the National Patient Safety team and covers all maternity and neonatal services across England. It continues to be supported by 15 regionally-based Patient Safety Collaboratives.

The programme aims to:

  • improve the safety and outcomes of maternal and neonatal care by reducing unwarranted variation and provide a high quality healthcare experience for all women, babies and families across maternity and neonatal care settings in England
  • contribute to the national ambition, set out in Better Births of reducing the rates of maternal and neonatal deaths, stillbirths, and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 50% by 2025.

The driver diagrams and change packages are a resource that maternal and neonatal healthcare staff can use as part of a systematic improvement approach to improve services for women and babies. The change packages relate to the five clinical priorities outlined in the national driver diagram and set out change ideas, concepts and interventions that can be tested to accomplish the stated project aim.

These five drivers are underpinned by a strong focus on safety culture, systems and processes, engaging with staff, women and families, and learning from both error and excellence.

Supporting documents

Expected outcomes

  • Improving the proportion of smoke-free pregnancy
  • Optimisation and stabilisation of the very preterm infant
  • Detection and management of diabetes in pregnancy
  • Detection and management of neonatal hypoglycaemia
  • Early recognition and management of deterioration of mother or baby