This report investigated maternity services at Furness General Hospital from January 2004 to June 2013, and concludes the maternity unit was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies. It makes a series of recommendations for the wider NHS as well as Morecambe Bay.
This paper describes the evidence for high quality training within maternity services using the example of training for managing shoulder dystocia using the PROMPT approach. It identifies key features of excellent training such as understanding underlying concepts, practising manual skills and training as a team rather than individuals and demonstrates how implementing such training can deliver a real impact on patient, especially neonatal, outcomes.
This journal article reviews seven studies that examined the leadership and team factors that support safe and effective maternity care. It provides a synthesis of the key attributes of safe leadership and teamwork, concluding that leaders with capability and experience on the front line have a greater impact than leaders that hold formal roles of seniority.