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RCOG statement on appointment of MBRRACE-UK to conduct national Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcomes Programme

News 13 June 2012

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has appointed MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies - Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) to conduct the national Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcomes Review Programme.

MBRRACE-UK is a collaboration led by Professor Jenny Kurinczuk at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) at Oxford University and will continue the work investigating maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths carried out in the past by CMACE, including the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths.

It will build on existing research projects, including the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) led by Professor Marian Knight at the NPEU, and The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies (TIMMS) group led by Professors Elizabeth Draper and David Field at the University of Leicester.

Dr Tony Falconer, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:

"The new MBRRACE-UK programme will be vital in improving care and will build on important work. The past confidential enquiries contributed to major improvements in both maternal and perinatal mortality rates. They are used as the gold standard around the world to demonstrate how well a country is doing in terms of its overall health.

"NPEU has an outstanding track record in conducting clinical research, surveillance and audit. We look forward to working with them on this new project to ensure that there is an ongoing audit of morbidity and mortality rates resulting in safer outcomes for women and their babies."

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