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.
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.