Royal award for saving babies’ lives around the world

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The University of Bristol has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education - the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its leading-edge research in obstetric and neonatal practice, which has made a positive difference to mothers and babies throughout the world.

Birth and the early stages of life are safer because of three strands of research carried out at Bristol including one led by a team at North Bristol NHS Trust’s Southmead Hospital.

PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training), is an obstetric emergency training programme, led by Tim Draycott in the School of Social and Community Medicine, has been adopted by 85 per cent of UK Obstetric Units, and is being rolled out across the world. 

PROMPT has shown a 50 per cent reduction in neonatal hypoxic injuries, a 70 per cent reduction in bracial plexus injury and improvement in performance of category one emergency Caesarean sections.

The Queen will present the prestigious accolade, which is part of the UK’s national Honours system, to the University during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace next year.

A total of 17 universities and three further education colleges won the highest national honour in education at the announcement.