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 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.