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Shared learning event highlights progress in maternity and neonatal care

Close to 100 maternity and neonatal (MatNeo) staff from across the Oxford AHSN region and beyond got together in person for the first time in three years at a shared learning event organised by the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) on 8 March – International Women’s Day.

l-r: Alison Provins, Lay Partner, Oxford AHSN; Professor Basky Thilaganathan, Clinical Director, Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement; Eileen Dudley.

The wide-ranging programme highlighted improvements in the care of pregnant women and their babies achieved through system-wide collaboration informed by parents and families. The conference was organised by Eileen Dudley, Oxford PSC MatNeo Safety Improvement Programme (SIP) lead.

She said: “It was wonderful to get together after such a long time.

Eileen Dudley, centre, with Rebecca Savage (left) and Alison Scannell, Patient Safety Programme Leads, MatNeo SIP, Wessex PSC.

“We had representation from all corners of our region – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Frimley and Milton Keynes – as well as colleagues from further afield including the Shrewsbury & Telford hospital trust and our counterparts at the Wessex PSC/AHSN.”

l-r: Eileen Dudley; Dr Dawn Benson, Human Factors Programme Manager, Clinical Human Factors Group; Dr Lauren Morgan, Director, Morgan Human Systems Ltd.

Feedback was positive with the conference described as ‘brilliant’, ‘innovative’ and ‘inspiring’. There was lots of engagement on Twitter too. Michelle East, Lead Midwife, Governance and Quality at Buckinghamshire Healthcare and one of the contributors on the day, posted: “Feel very lucky to be part of this amazing team and all those that work on the #preterm birth project. Brilliant day at the @PS_Oxford shared learning event, lots of great discussion. Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate #IWD2023“.

Top image caption: left-right: Eileen Dudley, MatNeo SIP Lead, PSC/Oxford AHSN; Anda Bowring, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Oxford University Hospitals; Mr Lawrence Impey, Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals and Maternity Network Clinical Lead, Oxford PSC/AHSN; Michelle East, Lead Midwife, Governance & Quality, Buckinghamshire Healthcare.