“Nobody’s patient Project”
This new 6 month project is linked to ‘Whose Shoes?’ will encompass 3 key areas identified in the previous MatExp project as requiring further development:
1. Families with newborn babies in neo-natal units (NNU) and paediatrics,
2. Severely ill women faced with unexpectedly serious illness, sometimes life threatening, in pregnancy or the immediate postnatal period,
3. Women who miscarry in the second trimester.
Aims of the project will be to write 100 new scenarios & 14 new poems across these three seldom heard groups to use in the Whose Shoes? game.
Partners for development include a team at St. George’s Hospital, London Maternity Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), ODN, Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South London (CLAHRC), The Pinks and Blues CIC, Leigh Kendall and many others.
On completion we will have designed a new supplementary booklet which can be used in hospitals across London and beyond. As we develop and test the new material we expect to co-produce solutions to improve care for these families, which will then be shared as best practice case studies. This is a very worthwhile and exciting project, which addresses many issues raised in the recent Maternity Review, Better Births. We welcome all contributions and encourage you to forward any thoughts and scenarios encountered positive or negative for development to either Florence or Sam.
Consultant Obstetrician at Kingston Hospital
Chair of London Maternity SCN user experience subgroup
“Nobody’s Patient” Project Midwife
Director- Creator of Whose Shoes?
Leigh Kendall MCIPR
Award-winning Writer, Patient Leader, Communications Professional
‘Sign up to safety’ maternity project
In June 2015 Kingston Hospital put a bid to sign up to safety project, initiated by the government to improve maternity outcome.
The aim of the project is to improve birth outcomes for babies by enhancing midwives’ and doctors’ competence in monitoring fetal wellbeing (condition of the baby in the uterus) during the antenatal period and during labour.
Measures of success will include:
- Increase the number of midwives and doctors with enhanced skills in the assessment of fetal wellbeing.
- Reduction in the number of babies admitted unexpectedly to the neonatal unit.
A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and midwives have been appointed to deliver the project.
Our approach is to provide senior clinical leadership by delivering:
- Clinical teaching sessions
- Weekly multi-disciplinary reflective learning sessions
- Master classes on monitoring of the fetal heart in labour provided by an external expert in intrapartum fetal monitoring
- The Sign up to SAFETY project is monitored by a maternity steering group which is chaired by the Clinical Director and membership includes a service user.