The RCM was awarded funding by HEE in February 2016 to develop a leadership training programme for the labour ward coordinator (LWC). This was a programme of work being undertaken collaboratively with the asphyxia working group of the atain (avoiding term admission into neonatal units) programme. Subsequently, additional funding outside of HEE allowed for an extension of the programme to obstetric teams. An invitation to collaborate was extended to RCOG following which the three lead organisations have worked together over the last three months to design and plan the leadership training programme. The ultimate aim of the programme is to develop leadership capability with a focus on improved safety in maternity.
Separate surveys were sent to LWC and Labour ward obstetric leads (LWOL) in February and April respectively to survey experiences of those offering clinical leadership within delivery suite.
Workshop content, attendees and programme aims have been agreed using evidence from the Kirkup report; Better Births; SofS national ambition for safety as well as qualitative evidence from responses to the LWC and surveys.