PReCePT (PReventing Cerebral palsy in Pre-Term labour) is an evidence-based project designed to reduce the risk of cerebral palsy in babies by giving magnesium sulphate to mothers in preterm labour.
Babies born pre-term are at an increased risk of developing cerebral palsy, a group of lifelong conditions affecting movement caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. Magnesium sulphate, a known neuroprotector, can reduce the likelihood of a child developing cerebral palsy if it is administered to the mother during pre-term labour.
The PReCePT project was developed by the West of England Academic Health Science Network in collaboration with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Funded by NHS England, the programme has subsequently been selected for adoption and spread across England via the national AHSN Network.
The 15 AHSNs, together with the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative (MNHSC) and the national Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs), are working to achieve minimum 85% uptake of magnesium sulphate for eligible mothers in all maternity units in England by March 2020. With between 4,000 to 5,000 babies born before 30 weeks’ gestation in England per year, the PReCePT programme has the potential to achieve healthier and happier years of life for families across the country.
Find out more about the national spread of PReCePT on the AHSN Network website.
PReCePT in the South West
From November 2018 to May 2019, the South West Academic Health Science Network supported the administration of magnesium sulphate to eligible mothers in NHS trusts across the South West of England.
The formal PReCePT programme is now complete and the SW AHSN is supporting trusts across the South West to maintain uptake among eligible mothers, which reached an average of 91% during the active phase of the programme.
The PReCePT programme has positively impacted children across the South West, building healthier and happier futures for families. Watch Violet's story below.
The programme also has positive implications for the adoption and spread of innovation. Healthcare staff adopting PReCePT have reported the programme has led to changes in the way they go about collaborating with colleagues, developing new confidence in building connections, and sharing ideas and experience. The programme has strengthened quality improvement knowledge across maternity and neonatal units in the South West.
Violet Caddick was born ten weeks' early. Hear how the PReCePT programme has brightened her future - and helped to connect midwives in the South West too.