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Statement regarding an Invited Review by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

News 31 August 2018

About the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Invited Review

The RCOG was invited by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to assess its maternity and neonatal services. The report included 37 recommendations to drive improvements.

Patient safety and the highest possible standards of care are always the RCOG’s number one priority – and the driving force behind the invited review process and this report.

Decisions around timings for publications of the reports were made by the Trust. As with all invited reviews – which are advisory and non-statutory - the RCOG was not involved in the dissemination or publication of the reports, which are the property of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

As part of the invited review process, healthcare organisations are offered the opportunity to feedback on any progress that is made. On this occasion, a meeting at the request of the Trust took place between the Trust and several members of the original review team to discuss in detail how the recommendations were being taken forward. A second report was produced by the RCOG as a result of this follow-up process.

About the RCOG Invited Review process overall

In response to recommendations made by the Morecambe Bay Investigation, a joint set of principles were developed by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges (AoRMC) to standardise and improve the quality and process of the invited clinical review services, provided by many Royal Colleges, including the RCOG.

These reviews are commissioned by healthcare providers who recognise the value of continuous improvement in healthcare. 

These provide an additional, confidential service for healthcare organisations to be able to make improvements in order to provide the safest possible care for women. It is because of the confidential nature of the review service that we can ensure healthcare professionals can discuss issues in a safe space and speak out confidently.

As the AoRMC framework sets out, an invited review will only be undertaken when commissioned by a healthcare organisation that agrees to be responsible for the outcome of the review and meet the conditions set and recommended action to address any patient safety risks identified.

After the review is complete, a copy of the report is made available to the healthcare organisation. Dissemination and publication of the report, together with any future implementation, remain the responsibility of the organisation that commissioned the review.

Invited reviews are an advisory, non-regulatory and non-statutory way for healthcare organisations to improve patient care through the use of a collaborative, independent, objective and expert review process. However, a Medical Royal College reserves the right to refer to a regulator in the public interest for any matter that they consider requires this.

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