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.
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 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.