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Derby and Burton's maternity services among 'most challenged in England'

Derby and Burton’s maternity services are now among the “most challenged in England”, requiring national involvement to boost improvements. The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust joins 31 other NHS trusts across England which are now under closer scrutiny aimed at improving the quality of maternity services.

A report from the trust details that it asked to be added to the national NHS England Maternity Safety Support Programme (MSSP) "voluntarily". Midwifery and obstetric improvement advisors have now been allocated to the trust to spend two days a week on the trust’s sites and also to provide “virtual” assistance.

A letter to Stephen Posey, the trust’s chief executive, sent by Sascha Wells-Munro, the deputy chief midwifery officer for NHS England, details that the organisation’s addition to the national support programme comes after a number of concerning reports – not just its request. It references the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch report, published in February, which highlighted the cases of seven women and their babies between January 2021 and May 2022, with three mothers and a baby dying and four mothers suffering extreme consequences.

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Source: Derbyshire Live, 13 September 2023


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