Maternity Services gain top safety rating

30/01/13

Maternity services at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have gained recognition for the high standard of its services following an intensive review.

The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trust’s Maternity Standards are divided into three levels and Gloucestershire Hospitals now joins only a handful of trusts in the country who have achieved the top Level 3 CNST status.

In January, the Maternity Service underwent the level 3 assessment , this  involved a rigorous assessment over two days looking at all aspects of maternity services over the five specific standards: organisation, clinical care, high risk care, communication, postnatal and new born care.

The assessors' detailed assessment process included interviews, document and policy checks  and  examination of health records and review of clinical audits to ensure that these polices and guidelines are implemented consistently  in every day practice

Divisional Director for Women and Children’s Division, Paul Byrne explained: “This is the highest level to achieve nationally and is a reflection of the high quality services provided in Gloucestershire. The service achieved full compliance for our maternity health records.

“This is excellent news for the service and for the Trust. I would like to thank the CNST team who lead on our detailed preparations for the assessment and all other staff, within the Division and in other departments in the Trust, who contributed in some way to a very successful outcome”.

Divisional Nursing and Midwifery Director Vivien Mortimore puts this achievement down to the commitment and dedication of all the staff involved.

She said: “In achieving Level 3 the services has been able to successfully demonstrate that clear processes are in place to ensure the provision of high quality care for the mothers and babies who use our services across the entire maternity service, in all care settings.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the services and a testament to the hard work of the whole team and it demonstrates what can be achieved with focus and the commitment of our staff.

“I feel extremely proud of the service and all the staff. I would like to thank all the team in both maternity and neonatal services who have contributed to this significant achievement”.