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Audit & quality improvement

The Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Clinical Informatics undertakes national audits, research and quality improvement projects at the RCOG in obstetrics, gynaecology and maternity.

What we do

The Centre’s aims are:

  • To carry out high-quality national clinical audit, research and other quality improvement projects in women’s health care.
  • To support quality improvement within obstetrics, gynaecology and maternity through developing and publishing national performance indicators. 


Our current projects


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Each Baby Counts: A national quality improvement project to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries occurring as a result of incidents during term labour


Each Baby Counts: Learn and Support: A new RCOG/RCM programme to support multidisciplinary maternity teams in England to implement and evaluate interventions that focus on behaviour, team work, safety and positive work culture in their units.


National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA): A new large scale audit of the NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales


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The OASI Care Bundle Project: A scaling-up programme to reduce rates of Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) through an intervention package, including a care bundle


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Clinical Indicators Programme: A programme to develop clinically relevant, methodologically robust performance indicators for obstetric and gynaecological care using available data


Surgical care for female urinary incontinence: a project to improve the delivery and organisation of surgical services for women with urinary incontinence


Our partnerships

The Centre’s programme of work includes a number of partnerships and collaborations with other institutions, including the LSHTM, the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Midwives.


Our Governance

The Centre is governed by the Lindsay Stewart Committee for Audit and Clinical Informatics, which acts as an overarching advisory group, providing clinical and methodological input into strategic decisions.



Work with us

New project proposals

Do you have an idea for a research project? We welcome new project ideas in all areas of obstetrics, gynaecology and maternity.

Please complete our project proposal form if you have an idea that you would like to share with us and think that we can assist with.

Get involved

Are you an academic in obstetrics and gynaecology? We would like to hear from you if you would like to lead a Lindsay Stewart Centre project. Complete our Principal Investigator form to apply.


Contact us

If you have any questions about the Lindsay Stewart Centre, or any of the audits and research projects, please email


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