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FAQs from lead reporters

This section of the site provides answers to frequently asked questions from lead reporters about the Each Baby Counts project

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take me to fill in the form?

The average time taken to complete the form is 30 minutes, although it may take you more or less time depending on how familiar you are with the case. As these events are rare, we estimate that an average sized trust/health board will have only a handful of cases to report per year.

How do I register to use the Each Baby Counts online reporting system?

Please contact us at eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk or +44 20 7772 6498.

I’m struggling to fill in the online form, are there any training materials available?

We have created a number of training materials to aid Lead Reporters in completing reports using the online data collection platform; these are located on the platform itself, under the ‘Training’ tab. We have created a Lead Reporter Training Manual, which outlines how to report a case and includes a step by step guide to making a report. Other resources available include training videos, some of which are currently under development. If you are having problems logging in or completing a report, please contact eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk or +44 20 7772 6498.

What are the details of the Each Baby Counts data set?

The data collection form contains questions related to the adverse event and the results of local serious incident investigations and root-cause analyses. You will also be asked to upload an anonymised copy of the local investigation report.

A hard copy of the data collection form is available under the ‘Training’ tab of the online reporting system. Please feel free to download and print this form if it helps with data collection, but note that it is for internal use only. All data must be submitted via the online platform.

What about babies that are transferred after birth?

Babies that were transferred between institutions after birth, and subsequently die or are diagnosed with a severe brain injury within 7 days, should be reported by the Lead Reporter of the Trust in which the baby was born. If you want to make sure that a baby transferred to your Trust for neonatal care has been reported, please contact eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk +4420 7772 6498.

Why do I have to report intrapartum stillbirths and early neonatal deaths? Aren’t these are already reported to MBRRACE?

We appreciate that all perinatal deaths must also be reported to MBRRACE and we have minimised the amount of information that is duplicated in our data collection form. The primary aim of Each Baby Counts is to bring together the results and recommendations of local incident investigations; this information is not captured by MBRRACE or any other organisation at a national level.

We are working with MBRRACE to cross-check our data and ensure that all eligible cases are identified. The MBRRACE system flags potential Each Baby Counts cases on the main ‘Perinatal’ screen, and there is also a downloadable report which gives a list of all potential Each Baby Counts cases.

I’ve forgotten my password – how do I re-set it?

Please contact us at eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk +44 20 7772 6498.

I’m leaving my job and wish to nominate someone else from my trust/health board

Please contact us at eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk +44 20 7772 6498.

What will happen once we have submitted our Trust/Health Board’s incident investigation?

The following flow-chart outlines the review process for Each Baby Counts cases:

Each Baby Counts Review process flow-chart

Where an investigation report contains sufficient information to allow a full assessment, a fully anonymised report will be sent to a pair of independent, multidisciplinary reviewers (one midwife and one obstetrician) who will identify and extract themes. This analysis will contribute to the Each Baby Counts annual reports. Reviewers will also be able to flag any cases that require review by another specialist e.g. neonatologist or anaesthetist.

We have introduced stringent anonymisation of the reports so that our independent reviewers will not be able to identify where cases have occurred. To further ensure complete anonymisation we will not allocate cases to reviewers who are located in the same geographic region as the case.

How should I anonymise investigation reports?

The anonymisation requirements are outlined in the Lead Reporter Training Manual and note that investigation reports should not contain any information that would identify patients, staff members, hospitals, units or trusts/health boards. We have produced the following anonymisation guidance to assist Lead Reporters with fully anonymising the reports.

What will happen if I do not complete the reporting of an eligible baby?

When a report has not been completed for a number of months, i.e. some of the questions remain unanswered or a local investigation report has not yet been uploaded, the Each Baby Counts system will send monthly automatic reminder emails to all of the registered Lead Reporters in the relevant trust or health board. If the report remains incomplete for a long period of time, i.e. 6 months from when it was first reported, the relevant Lead Reporters will be personally contacted by a member of the Project Team in order to arrange for completion of the report, this may be via email or telephone.

If the project team receive no response from the Lead Reporter(s) after multiple attempts to contact them, they will contact the Clinical Director of the maternity services (or equivalent) in order to arrange for completion of the outstanding report.

If Lead Reporters are aware of long delays in completing reports, please contact the Each Baby Counts team to discuss this: eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk or +44 20 7772 6498.

What does it mean when a case is classified as red on the reporting system?

When we classify a case as red, this means we are unable to make any judgements regarding the management of the case or the care provided. This may be due to a lack of a local investigation report, or our independent reviewers may have considered the information uploaded in the local report insufficient to formulate any conclusions about the care provided. If you would like more information as to the reasons why the case has been classified in this way then please do contact us at eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk

You do not need to add further documents or information to a case classified as Red as it has been through the Each Baby Counts reviewing process. For this reason, it is important that all documentation relating to the investigation of care for each baby is uploaded in the first instance before the review process begins. 

Contact us

If your question is not answered here, please email the Each Baby Counts project team at eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk or call +44 20 7772 6498.

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