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Exceptional levels of participation in the new National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Thursday 15 June 2017

As many of you will be aware, a unique collaboration led by the RCOG, RCM and RCPCH was established in July 2016 to develop a new National Maternity and Perinatal Audit. The NMPA was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England, the Welsh Government and the Health Department of the Scottish Government. It will provide high-quality information about NHS maternity and perinatal services that can be used by providers, commissioners and users of our services to identify good practice and areas for improvement in the care of women and babies across England, Wales and Scotland.

We are delighted to announce exceptional levels of participation in this important national initiative. Following the first round of data collection, 100% of eligible NHS trusts in England have provided maternity data to the NMPA team; Scottish and Welsh data are being provided centrally and will cover 100% of boards. Neonatal data are being provided from the National Neonatal Research Database so there is no requirement for neonatal units to record additional data. Furthermore, 100% of trusts and boards have now responded to our organisational survey to provide the contextual information that is so crucial for meaningful interpretation of results.

We are proud of the efforts of our colleagues across the country to participate in this audit, and would like to thank you and your teams for all the hard work you have undertaken to get this project off to such an excellent start. This level of participation is well above that achieved by other national audits during their first year and we wish to formally recognise the significant efforts made by all the participating maternity and neonatal services together with their respective information services, IT and audit departments, to prepare and submit these data. It demonstrates the depth of commitment across our specialties to deliver quality improvement and provide the best possible care to women and babies across the country.

We look forward to sharing the findings of our organisational survey with you in the summer and the results of the clinical audit at the end of the year.

Professor Lesley Regan
President, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Cathy Warwick CBE
Chief Executive, the Royal College of Midwives

Professor Neena Modi
President, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health