Working Together to Reduce Infant Mortality in Walsall
PHE ePoster Library. Higdon E. 09/13/16; 138081; 85
Esther Higdon
Esther Higdon
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Abstract Background: Perinatal and infant mortality has long been a priority in Walsall, with trends above regional and national rates for many years. It was agreed by Walsall Public Health, Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and Walsall Hospital NHS Trust that an independent case review needed to be undertaken to further understand and address this sensitive priority locally. Main Findings: During 2014 the Perinatal Institute panel reviewed infant deaths identified between 2010 and 2014 in Walsall with the aim to identify areas of good practice, identify aspects for improvement and make joint recommendations.Clear recommendations were suggested, for each agency:Walsall Hospital NHS Trust - ensure all staff are trained in antenatal surveillance of fetal growth and appropriate referral pathwaysWalsall CCG - provide oversight and quality assurance for antenatal risk assessmentWalsall Public Health - promote clear public health messages relating to maternity care such as smoking, obesity and Sudden Infant Deaths Syndrome (SIDS)Walsall findings were timely with several national announcements including: Jeremy Hunt, January 2015 - a new Government ambition and funding to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 50% by 2030. 'Saving Babies' Lives - a care bundle for reducing stillbirth', March 2016 'Cumberledge' National Maternity Review, February 2016. Impact: Work is ongoing as a partnership to meet the recommendations. The review is being widely used and shared and feeding into the production of a Maternity Strategy for Walsall. Continuous monitoring will show whether the above recommendations have taken effect. External funding details NA
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