North Bristol NHS Trust highlighted in National Maternity Review

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

North Bristol NHS Trust has been highlighted as an example of good practice in the National Maternity Review, published by NHS England today.

Better Births - led by independent experts and chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege – recognises the multi-professional team-working and training within the maternity unit at Southmead Hospital and its impact on women and their families.

The report identifies that North Bristol NHS Trust’s (NBT) local multi-professional training programme (PROMPT) has improved outcomes for babies after birth and because of this NBT is recognised as one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.

PROMPT training is carried out in clinical areas and homebirth settings and is attended by all maternity staff.

Using practice-based tools, workshops and emergency drills with simple props – including life-like mannequins – teams train together to practise and optimize their management of obstetric emergencies.

Following its success at Southmead this programme is now used in more than 45 countries across the world – including Australia and Zimbabwe - to make birth as safe as it can be. The PROMPT research team is leading the world for multi-professional training.

The Better Births report highlights how early findings from a University of Leicester study, due to be published this year, show that PROMPT develops high level technical skills and excellent team skills.

The report also identifies the work started at NBT to measure and monitor the outcomes for mothers and their babies, after labour.

The PROMPT research team and in particular one of the research midwives at NBT has developed a system to help units to monitor and benchmark their outcomes against other Trusts right across the South West region. The South West dashboard, which was developed at Southmead hospital, is recommended for all units in England by the NHS England report.

Consultant Obstetrician Professor Tim Draycott, said: “We are proud that our maternity carers and researchers’ work has been recognised and recommended for all Trusts in the UK; and in particular we are delighted that our research and training have made NBT one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.

“We will continue to support our research teams to reach out across the world to promote safer birth together.”

Baroness Cumberlege, who chaired the review, visited North Bristol NHS Trust’s maternity services at both Southmead and Cossham hospitals last year.

Every year more than 6,500 babies are born with North Bristol NHS Trust at its birth centres, Central delivery Suite and in women’s own homes and all staff undergo PROMPT training.

  • You can view the National Maternity Review by clicking here. The North Bristol NHS Trust case study is on page 72. References to the South West dashboard are on page 76.