The changing demographics of the maternity population have driven complexity and risk in maternity care. In this video, Dr Daghni Rajasingam, Head of Service and Consultant Obstetrician, and Geraldine Joyce, Safeguarding Lead and Midwife at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, discuss the challenges that supporting vulnerable patients can present to maternity services.
Recurrent reports have called for improvement in the way in which obstetric teams work together. The cultural and organisational working practices that differ between these groups can make handover and teamworking a challenge. Dr Edward Prosser-Snelling's article examines the nature of teams and handover in obstetrics and provides some suggested areas for improvement.