Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme

The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (known as MatNeoSIP), was renamed following the launch of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy in July 2019. It was previously known as the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative. Read more about the NHS Patient Safety Strategy.

Led by NHS England and Improvement, the National MatNeoSIP’s mission is to create and embed the conditions for all staff to improve the safety and outcomes of maternal and neonatal care by reducing unwarranted variation and provide a high-quality healthcare experience for all women, babies and families across England. Read more about the National MatNeo SIP. The National MatNeoSIP aims to reduce the rates of maternal and neonatal deaths, stillbirths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 50% by 2025 and to reduce the national rate of preterm births from 8% to 6% by 2025.

Project overview

The Health Innovation Network is working in partnership with our regional Trusts, Local Maternity and Neonatal Systems (LMNS), Public Health leads as well as commissioners and women and their families to support the MatNeoSIP.

National ambitions listed below:

  • Support the spread and adoption of the preterm perinatal optimisation care pathway across England by 95% or greater by March 2025.
  • Support the development of a national pathway approach for the effective management of maternal and neonatal deterioration using the Prevent Identify Escalate Respond (PIER) framework across all settings by March 2025.
  • Work with key stakeholders to support the development of a national Maternal Early Warning Score (MEWS) by March 2021 and spread to all providers by March 2025.
  • Support the spread and adoption of the Neonatal Early Warning Trigger and Track score (NEWTT) to all maternity and neonatal services by March 2025.
  • Reduce perinatal health inequalities. Find out more about the work we do to support this.

We will support these objectives locally by focusing on optimisation and stabilisation of the preterm infant through:

  • Birth in the right place
  • Antenatal administration of magnesium sulphate
  • Antenatal corticosteroids
  • Intravenous antibiotics
  • Delayed cord clamping
  • Thermoregulation
  • Early breast milk
  • Smoke-free pregnancy
  • Early recognition and management of deterioration of women and babies through:
    • Testing MEWS at a system level
    • Examining the current MatNeo Prevent, Identify, Escalate and Respond (PIER) pathway
    • Supporting the adoption and spread of the neonatal early warning ‘trigger and track’ score (NEWTT).

Our national ambitions are listed below:

  • Support the spread and adoption of the preterm perinatal optimisation care pathway across England by 95% or greater by March 2025. Please see detail and the opportunity to sign up here to MatNeoSIP QI series designed to support clinical staff in addressing the 7 key clinical interventions to improve preterm perinatal outcomes.

We're here to help

If you have any questions or would like more information about MatNeo and the local learning system, please contact Gemma Dakin, MatNeoSIP Lead and Project Manager in the Patient Safety and Experience Team.

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