Maternal and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme

The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSIP), formerly known as the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, supports improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England.

MatNeoSIP, launched with the NHS Patient Safety Strategy in July 2019, is led by the National Patient Safety Collaborative and is supported by 15 regionally-based Patient Safety Collaboratives.

The South West Maternity and Neonatal (MatNeo) Patient Safety Network is the mechanism through which the national MatNeoSIPwill be delivered. Read more about this here.

In the South West of England, MatNeoSIP is supported by the South West Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN).

The MatNeoSIP programme aims to:

  • Improve the safety and outcomes of maternal and neonatal care by reducing unwarranted variation and providing a high quality healthcare experience for all women, babies and families across maternity and neonatal care settings in England.
  • Contribute to the national ambition, set out in the NHS Maternity Transformation Programme and the National Maternity Review (Better Births) of reducing the rates of maternal and neonatal deaths, stillbirths, and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 50% by 2025.

The South West Patient Safety Collaborative works with teams across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to progress the aims of MatNeoSIP through local improvement projects, by offering quality improvement coaching, and by connecting maternal and neonatal staff via a Local Learning System (LLS). Our LLS events and activities give teams the opportunity to learn from each other and collaborate to make system-wide change and progress.

To date, the South West Patient Safety Collaborative has reduced the risk of babies born prematurely developing the life-changing condition cerebral palsy via our PReCePT programme.


During 2020 we are working with obstetric, maternal and neonatal teams across the South West to pilot test a new bundle of clinical care interventions, named PERIPrem, to reduce brain injury and mortality in premature newborns.


The collaborative also provides support and expertise to teams to improve safety culture. Find out more here.


The South West Patient Safety Collaborative works with the following partners:

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