Maternal & Neonatal

The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSIP) supports improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England.


  • 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.

Key ambitions

  • Contribute to the national target of increasing the proportion of smoke-free pregnancies to 94% or more by March 2023.
  • To support the spread and adoption of the preterm perinatal optimisation care pathway across England to 95% or more by March 2025.
  • To support the development of a national pathway approach for the effective management of maternal and neonatal deterioration using the Prevent Identify Escalate Respond (PIER) framework across all settings by March 2024.
  • To work with key stakeholders to support the development of a national maternal early warning score (MEWS) by March 2021, and spread to all providers by March 2024.
  • To support the spread and adoption of the neonatal early warning ‘trigger and track’ score (NEWTT) to all maternity and neonatal services by March 2023.

MatNeoSIP, formerly known as the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, renamed following the launch of 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. In the South West of England, MatNeoSIP is supported by the South West Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by the South West AHSN. Read more about this here.

The South West Patient Safety Collaborative works with teams across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to progress the aims of MatNeoSIP. It achieves this 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.


Launched in April 2020, PERIPrem, (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth) is a perinatal care bundle to improve the outcomes for premature babies across the West and South West regions. The bundle consists of a number of interventions that will demonstrate a significant impact on brain injury and mortality rates amongst babies born prematurely.

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


For further information please email Programme Director Rebecca Whitting, Programme Manager Sally Hedge or Maternity Improvement Advisor Tracey Sargent.


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

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