New mums are in good hands when in Scunthorpe Hospital’s maternity department, service assessors have found.
The fact that “midwives are putting women first”, was one of many positive comments made by assessors from the NHS Litigation Authority in a recent inspection.
The two-day foray within maternity departments at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust took place last month.
NHSLA provides an ‘insurance scheme’ to NHS Trusts against claims for clinical negligence through the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts. Five broad areas, each with 10 standards within, are set according to the most common or high risk claims against the maternity service, and Trusts can apply to be assessed against these at three levels.
Level one means Trusts have been approved as having policies and procedures in place that are up to date and compliant with national standards. Level two – which the Trust that operates Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals has now received - is for those services that can demonstrate the evidence through patient case notes.
During the two-day inspection across the Trust, the inspection team looked at over 400 medical records, as well as undertaking spot checks on the wards to look at care in progress.
Julie Dixon, head of midwifery across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The standards and assessment process are designed to improve the safety of women and their babies.
“As a Trust we are delighted with the accreditation of level two and also proud of the recognition of the continuing work by our staff to push standards higher and provide a safe, quality service.”
During the assessment, all aspects of maternity care were looked at, including ante-natal services, labour and delivery and post natal including care of the newborn. These were further broken down into:
* The organisation (staffing levels of all specialties and training)
* Clinical care (care of women in labour)
* High risk conditions (women with more complex needs section for example twin deliveries or women who have an underlying health problem)
* Communication (booking appointments, ante natal screening)
* Postnatal and newborn care (infant feeding and care of babies needing to be admitted to the neonatal unit).
Julie said: “The CNST process is due to change but another robust system will replace it. We are looking forward to the next challenge and the continuing promotion of expert quality care for women and their babies.”