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NMPA newsletter, March 2017

Welcome to the second newsletter for the NMPA (National Maternity and Perinatal Audit). Here we will keep you up to date with all the latest developments in our audit of NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales.


  • A message from our Senior Obstetric Lead: Dharmintra Pasupathy, Clinical Academic at King’s College London and Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust writes about why he is delighted to be lending his expertise to the NMPA and how the audit will improve the future provision of maternity and neonatal care.

News from the NMPA

  • Organisational survey update: A big thank you to the 153 Trusts and Boards that have completed their entire survey! That’s 99% so far.
  • Map of maternity units in England, Scotland and Wales: The NMPA has mapped all sites providing intrapartum care across England, Scotland and Wales. We’ll be publishing our first results in the summer looking at the way maternity and perinatal care is organised. In the meantime, take a look at our interactive map showing the different birth settings available in each of the three countries.
  • Continuous clinical audit update: We would like to thank all trusts and health boards that have submitted data for the continuous clinical audit. Your efforts in helping us to improve maternity and neonatal services is invaluable. See our update and read about the next steps here.
  • NMPA report launch – Save the date: Be the first to hear the NMPA findings at our report launch on the 9th November 2017 taking place at the RCOG. Save the date and make sure you don’t miss out on hearing first-hand the results and key recommendations from the audit.
  • Meet the NMPA Clinical Reference Group: Our Clinical Reference Group (CRG) advises on the clinical direction and delivery of the NMPA, ensuring that everything we do remains closely aligned with the needs of women and their families. The members of the group represent many different organisations with an interest in maternity care.

NMPA team Feb 2017


  • NMPA Women and Families Involvement Group: The recruitment for our Women and Families Involvement Group has been a great success. Consisting of representatives from charities and lay members, the group will provide critical input into the audit including what we measure, how we measure it, and how that information is presented and communicated.

Women and Families Involvement group

Come and meet the NMPA

We will be attending the following events in the next few months. Do come and say hello to our team and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

BMFMS – 30-31 March 2017

NNAP Collaborators meeting – 24 April 2017

ICM 2017 Midwives Congress – 17 June 2017

If you are holding an event that you would like the NMPA team to attend or contribute to, then please do get in touch.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the NMPA, please do get in touch with our team on 020 7772 6498 or email


A message from our Senior Obstetric Lead

Dharmintra Pasupathy Senior Obstetric Lead NMBAMy name is Dharmintra Pasupathy, the Senior Obstetric Lead on the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA). I am a Clinical Academic at King’s College London with an active clinical practice in Obstetrics and Maternal & Fetal Medicine at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. My academic interest lies in perinatal epidemiology focused on improved characterisation of women at risk of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes, an interest aligned to the aims of the NMPA.

The NMPA has now been fully operational since July 2016. I am truly privileged to work with a highly talented and efficient team and with colleagues from our allied colleges, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal of College Paediatrics and Child Health. You would have by now received data requests for both our organisational survey and continuous clinical audit. On behalf of the team I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in completing the survey and submitting data within the requested deadlines. We do recognise and acknowledge the burden of information requests that are made to clinical services. We are pleased to report a high level of engagement with 99% of trusts and Health Boards completing the organisational survey and 100% providing the clinical data required for the audit.

We are now focused on analysing all the data provided and look forward to reporting the results of the organisational survey in the summer of this year with the clinical outcomes report later in 2017. The launch of the NMPA first annual report will be in November. We hope to see many of you and your colleagues there who have engaged with the audit and are instrumental in its success. The results we hope will provide insights to areas of success within our maternity and neonatal services, whilst also providing direction of continuous improvement and the investments necessary to ensure we continue to provide high quality care and experience to women and their families.

Moving forward the NMPA will produce annual reports and additional topic specific sprint audits. We are supported by a Clinical Reference Group which represents a wide stakeholder group and expertise. We do however recognise the importance of feedback from individuals who deliver the clinical service throughout the country in different settings. Your feedback will be invaluable. We are focused on improving pregnancy and birth outcomes in the face of increasing demand for our services whilst ensuring that women’s choice and experience remains our priority. The NMPA is the largest audit of its kind internationally and we are delighted for the opportunity to inform the provision of maternity and neonatal care.