Maternity Group

When the South West Maternity and Children’s Strategic Clinical Network first came together in September 2013 discussions quickly focused on the need for comparable, timely, pertinent and quality assured data to allow benchmarking across the region and to inform the quality improvement work of the Network.

Early work by the Network identified that trusts within the region were collecting large amount of datas but without consistent parameters or definitions. The SCN has brought together acute trusts, CCGs and commissioners working in maternity services to agree 32 clearly defined measures which will make up the South West Maternity Dashboard. A detailed technical appendix has been developed alongside this to provide support to trust staff involved in the collection of the data.

Measures such as still birth and low birth weight rates are provided by acute trusts whilst wider data such as babies breast-fed at 6-8 weeks are sourced from NHS England. Together these measures provide an accurate picture of the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies across the South West, enabling the identification of variation, best practice and areas where improvement work needs to be undertaken.

Routine data collection by 14 acute trusts, starting in October 2014, will occur on a monthly basis, two months in arrears. The dashboard is currently being built, with the final dashboard due to launch on the SWSCN website in Spring 2015.

The Maternity group brings clinicians and managers of acute trusts together with commissioners and Public Health England to develop a data dashboard for maternity services across the South West.

The group meets bi-monthly to develop a data dashboard to enable benchmarking and the identification of variations in outcomes across the region. Examples could include stillbirth rates, prematurity and caesarean section rates. It is expected that the identification of variations will lead to further pieces of work within the network to address them. It is anticipated that the development of a children’s dashboard will follow


Name Representing
Alison West NHS England
Amy Warren South West Strategic Clinical Network
Andrea Blotkamp Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group
Ann Remmers South West Strategic Clinical Network
Anna Thompson Patient Representative / Bluebell Care
Belinda Cox Ashcombe Birth Centre
Carol Axon Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Cathy Molloy North Bristol NHS Trust
Charlotte Wilton Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Dawn Morrall (Chair) Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Emma Treloar University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Fiona Coker Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Gina Augarde North Bristol NHS Trust
Gwen Pearson Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
Helen Pearce NHS England
Julia Chandler Royal College of Midwives
Julie Brooks Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
Martha Cox Patient Representative
Nicola Bowtell Public Health England
Richard Harris NHS England, South West Strategic Clinical Network and Senate
Ruth Wellings Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group
Sandra Richards Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tracey Kay Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust