This section of the King's Fund toolkit for improving safety in maternity services focuses on the role of teamworking. It includes short case studies of team training and development, and covers a set of tools that can be used to improve teamworking in maternity services.
This report examines four case studies of innovation and improved patient safety in maternity care in the UK. It discusses factors which enable change and promote innovation and identifies strong networks between commissioners and providers appropriately resourced and with strong leadership and relevant information sources as critical in fostering improvement.
This detailed document reports on an independent inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England. It provides a broad and deep look at the wide range of issues affecting safety in maternity care, and will be relevant to settings and countries beyond England.
This chapter from the King's Fund toolkit on improving safety in maternity care focuses on leadership and staffing, and highlights how the two are always deeply interrelated. This is particularly the case when considering the role of leadership both within the maternity ward and across the broader organisation, where decisions on staffing, resourcing and the design of maternity services are made.
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.