Every year MBRRACE-UK produces a “Perinatal Mortality Surveillance” report which provides rates for stillbirths and neonatal deaths, and also for these deaths combined; known as ‘extended perinatal deaths’.

Mortality rates vary between hospitals, particularly if those hospitals care for larger numbers of babies or very sick babies. MBRRACE-UK use the number of babies born in an organisation, as well as whether they have either a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or a NICU and facilities for surgery for newborn babies, in order to group together similar Trusts.

MBRRACE-UK then compares the mortality rates for each organisation to the average mortality rates for their own particular group.

You can read about how we are embedding a safety, learning and improvement culture to reduce neonatal deaths and still birth and avoid preterm birth, in our Strategy for Excellence in Maternity Care.

View East Kent Hospitals latest MBRRACE results.

Ockenden report

On 11 December 2020 Donna Ockenden’s first report: Emerging Findings and Recommendations from the Independent Review of Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust was published Emerging Findings and Recommendations from the Independent Review of Maternity Services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.

On 14 December the NHS wrote to all Trusts setting out the immediate response required to the 12 urgent clinical priorities from the Immediate and Essential Actions identified in the report and asked every trust providing maternity services to review the report at its next public Board meeting.

To support these discussions trusts were asked to complete and take to their Board a Maternity services assessment and assurance tool. This took place in January 2021.

Read the Trust’s final submitted response.

Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts 

NHS Resolution operates a Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST).

Now in its third year, the maternity incentive scheme, which applies to all acute Trusts that deliver maternity services,supports the delivery of safer maternity care through an incentive element to Trust’s contributions to the CNST.

The scheme rewards Trusts that meet ten safety actions designed to improve the delivery of best practice in maternity and neonatal services.

Evidence against all of the ten safety actions was reviewed on behalf of the East Kent Hospitals Board by the CNST Evidence Review Group, whose membership included Non-executive and Executive Maternity and Neonatal Board Safety Champions, the maternity senior leadership team and the Trust’s independent midwifery advisor.

All the evidence was made available to all Board members and progress against the actions was discussed at a meeting of the Board on the 6 July 2021 and further reviewed before the Trust submitted its self-assessment as required under CNST.

Read East Kent Hospitals’ submission for year 3 of the scheme.