Toolkits and guides

  • Each Baby Counts

    Each Baby Counts is the RCOG’s national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 23/10/2014

  • Evidently Cochrane: Quitting smoking in pregnancy is hard: what support can help? (Blog)

    This blog post looks at useful information about things that have been found to help pregnant women give up smoking.

    Publisher: Evidently Cochrane
    Published Date: 17/10/2014

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) suppport materials

    Resources including awareness-raising materials, lesson plans, assessments and guidelines for professionals working in the police, health, education and training sectors.

    Publisher: Home Office
    Published Date: 22/07/2014

  • Updates to the Sands audit tool for maternity services: caring for parents when a baby has died

    The Sands Audit Tool enables maternity units to assess the level of care that they give to parents whose baby dies. Sands has produced an update to the tool which takes into account recent research and recommendations fo ...

    Publisher: Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (Sands)
    Published Date: 31/05/2014

  • More on Group B strep (GBS)/How to Help Protect Your Baby

    It's Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Did you know 1 in 4 pregnant women carry a potentially dangerous bacteria?

    Publisher: Group B Strep International (GBSI)
    Published Date: 01/02/2014

  • Reconfiguration of women’s services in the UK (Good practice No 15)

    This good practice paper is based around recommendations made in several RCOG reports and guidance from other relevant organisations. It focuses on workforce planning including obstetric staffing, size of unit, geographi ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 18/12/2013

  • Best Beginnings commissioning bundles

    A breastfeeding bundle and neonatal bundle to support commissioners, health and wellbeing boards, directors of public health, heads of midwifery and others. Also includes information on creating a bespoke version of the ...

    Publisher: Best Beginnings
    Published Date: 08/11/2013

  • NICE Quality Standard: postnatal care (QS37)

    This quality standard covers postnatal care, which includes the core care and support that every woman, their baby and if appropriate, their partner and family should receive during the postnatal period. This includes re ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 16/07/2013

  • Guidance on the NHS National Friends and Family Test (FFT) for maternity services

    The guidance outlines the background and requirements for implementing, reporting and publishing the national FFT within NHS-funded maternity services from 1 October 2013.

    Publisher: NHS England
    Published Date: 23/05/2013

  • Air travel and pregnancy (Scientific Impact Paper 1)

    This paper provides pregnant women and obstetricians with suitable information and clarification on whether it is suitable to fly during pregnancy. It is the third edition of this Scientific Impact Paper, first published ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 22/05/2013

  • Care Quality Commission: Our strategy

    The CQC are making radical changes to the way they inspect and regulate health and social care services to make sure they provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and to encourage them to ...

    Publisher: Care Quality Commission (CQC)
    Published Date: 18/04/2013

  • Ready Steady Baby! mobile app (NHS Scotland)

    Ready Steady Baby! is now available as a free smartphone app providing easy access to this online resource which supports people from the decision to start trying for a baby, through pregnancy, labour and birth up until ...

    Publisher: NHS Scotland
    Published Date: 15/03/2013

  • Good practice resource – Calling all dads: Sunbeam Children’s Centre

    Sunbeam Children’s Centre has substantially increased the participation rates among fathers in the area through the Dads-to-Be Project. Most fathers-to-be now take an active part in preparing themselves very well for the ...

    Publisher: Ofsted
    Published Date: 31/01/2013

  • Rebirth for home birth film

    This video describes how Independent Midwives UK aims to enable more women to have home births with midwives following them throughout pregnancy, childbirth and for a month after the birth. Independent Midwives UK is usi ...

    Publisher: Independent Midwives UK
    Published Date: 22/01/2013

  • RCOG: Guidelines app

    The RCOG Guidelines app contains all of the highly respected Green-top Guidelines developed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, providing access to high-quality clinical guidance while on the move.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 15/01/2013

  • NICE: Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage (CG154)

    This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in early pregnancy (that is, up to 13 completed weeks of pregnancy).

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 12/12/2012

  • Fact sheet: Understanding neonatal non invasive ventilation

    Many of the babies admitted to the neonatal unit require some degree of respiratory support at varying levels for a given time period as dictated by individualised assessment of their overall condition. This fact sheet, ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 06/12/2012

  • Pre-procedure pregnancy checking for under-16s - guidance for clinicians

    This practical guide sets out the issues, risks and approaches that NHS organisations may consider when developing their policies in this area. Developed on behalf of five professional bodies by a multidisciplinary worki ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
    Published Date: 21/11/2012

  • Practice guidelines

    This updated edition of RCM evidence based guidelines for midwifery-led care in labour (2012) provides midwives with a comprehensive discussion of currently available evidence for midwives to follow in practice.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 02/11/2012

  • More than a cold

    This website has been developed by Abbott, a global healthcare company, to help parents understand more about bronchiolitis as many currently know very little about the condition. Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection ...

    Publisher: Abbott
    Published Date: 30/10/2012

  • Antenatal care quality standard (NICE)

    This quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 17/09/2012

  • Disability and women's health: advice from medical professionals

    The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has put together a series of podcasts to raise awareness about women with disabilities with a particular focus on spinal injuries. The podcasts answer questions women ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
    Published Date: 05/09/2012

  • Increasing influenza immunisation uptake in pregnant women

    The South East region of the Health Protection Agency funded a short term project during February and March 2012 to investigate the attitudes of pregnant women and healthcare professionals with regard to influenza immun ...

    Publisher: Health Protection Agency
    Published Date: 24/08/2012

  • Flu immunisation training for midwives: presentation

    Produced alongside the Increasing influenza immunisation uptake in pregnant women resource pack, this Powerpoint presentation aims to provide midwives with sufficient knowledge and confidence to promote and/or offer flu ...

    Publisher: NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent
    Published Date: 24/08/2012

  • Supplements for flu pack

    This document relates to the Increasing influenza immunisation uptake in pregnant women resource pack.

    Publisher: Health Protection Agency
    Published Date: 24/08/2012

  • Making sense of commissioning maternity services in England

    The RCOG has produced guidance in collaboration with the RCM and NCT, aimed at giving CCGs advice and evidence-based information relating to some key issues to the commissioning and provision of maternity services in Eng ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 14/08/2012

  • Commissioning maternity services: a resource pack to support clinical commissioning groups

    This Maternity Resource Pack sets out a framework for the commissioning of the discrete set of maternity services provided by acute trusts – essentially obstetric and midwifery care across the antenatal, intrapartum and ...

    Publisher: NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB)
    Published Date: 22/07/2012

  • A guide to the first 12 weeks

    A newly revised version of this guide, published by the Royal College of Midwives in collaboration with its alliance partner Pampers, is available. It is described as a clear and concise guide to what pregnant women can ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives and Pampers
    Published Date: 09/07/2012

  • NHS Change Model

    This model was created to support the NHS to adopt a shared approach to leading change and transformation.

    Publisher: NHS Change
    Published Date: 04/07/2012

  • Bliss Baby Charter audit tool

    Units can use the audit tool to identify how well they are delivering family centred care.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 08/06/2012

  • DfE: Teenage pregnancy - guidance

    The Department for Education's webpage on teenage pregnancy guidance.

    Publisher: Department for Education
    Published Date: 26/04/2012

  • A neonatal care pathway for babies with palliative care needs

    The Neonatal Care Pathway for Babies with Palliative Care Needs aims to draw together the professionals and resources needed to accompany the baby and family along their unique care journey

    Publisher: Together for Short Lives
    Published Date: 18/04/2012

  • Improving safety in maternity services: A toolkit for teams

    Improving Safety in Maternity Services: a toolkit for teams is organised around five key areas for improvement in maternity care on which the teams focused: teamworking communication training information and guidance ...

    Publisher: Kings Fund
    Published Date: 29/03/2012

  • First steps towards quality improvement: simple guide to improving services

    This publication is aimed at all healthcare professionals. It provides information, tools, resources and practical examples taken from the NHS Improvement project sites and support needed to guide the first steps towards ...

    Publisher: NHS Improvement
    Published Date: 29/03/2012

  • London maternity profiles

    These profiles give a local maternity picture for each London borough and finds that key NHS messages over the past few years are helping babies to have a healthier start in life although there is variation between areas ...

    Publisher: London Health Programmes
    Published Date: 14/03/2012

  • Research into fetal growth restriction

    Information from the charity, Tommy's, about fetal growth restriction (FGR). FGR is a condition in which a baby's growth slows or stops when they are in the womb. It occurs in around five percent of all pregnancies. Unbo ...

    Publisher: Tommy’s
    Published Date: 13/02/2012

  • Cost for Down's syndrome screening strategies: Decision Planning Tool

    The Decision Planning Tool (DPT) is an instrument to aid Trusts, commissioners and health professionals plan, improve and monitor Down's syndrome screening practices by assessing the costs and effects of first and second ...

    Publisher: NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (NHS FASP)
    Published Date: 02/02/2012

  • A competence framework and evidenced-based practice guidance for the physiotherapist working in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Special Care Unit

    This competence based framework was developed as part of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) competence project.

    Publisher: Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)
    Published Date: 23/01/2012

  • Serious incident toolkit

    All providers of NHS funded care should have clear processes and policies for the identification, reporting and management of incidents and serious incidents. The aim of this toolkit is to highlight the application of th ...

    Publisher: UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC)
    Published Date: 20/01/2012

  • All babies count (website)

    Babies are more likely to suffer neglect and abuse and are eight times more likely to be killed than any other child. This NSPCC campaign is calling on everyone - the public, professionals and governments – to ensure tha ...

    Publisher: NSPCC
    Published Date: 15/12/2011

  • "Babies aloud": Postnatal depression - what men need to know

    A trilogy of professionally acted and edited five-minute teaching films designed to challenge the stereotype that pregnancy, childbirth and surrounding issues are ‘women’s business’. They aim to reinforce the notion of a ...

    Publisher: Swansea University
    Published Date: 23/11/2011

  • Preparation for birth and beyond: a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities

    This resource pack aims to help the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector in planning or running groups for expectant and new parents. It is a practical tool to improve outcomes for babies and parents through a ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 19/10/2011

  • The management of twin and triplet pregnancies in the antenatal period

    This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care of women with multiple pregnancies (twins and triplets) in the antenatal period.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 28/09/2011

  • Bradford – Breastfeeding Volunteer Peer Support

    Bradford district breastfeeding rates are lower than national rates and increasing them is a key priority for action in the district’s Infant Mortality Strategy. To address this, a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF ...

    Publisher: Local Government Improvement and Development
    Published Date: 08/09/2011

  • Bliss: Community health professionals' information guide

    Designed to give health professionals a greater understanding of neonatal care and the short and long term issues that affect these babies. It features parent stories, a community liaison case study, practical tips, a di ...

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 23/07/2011

  • 'Once is Enough'

    The NHS Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme Centre's 'Once is Enough' campaign aims to reduce the number of avoidable repeat blood spot tests and to help healthcare professionals get a good quality sample first time.

    Publisher: UK Newborn Screening Programme Centre
    Published Date: 01/07/2011

  • Baby Friendly Inititative (website)

    The Baby Friendly Inititative has re-launched its website with a number of new features inclunding "Care pathways" which aim to bring the focus of practice back to the mother's journey and with three segments for parents ...

    Publisher: UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
    Published Date: 01/06/2011

  • Community Parents project: Telford

    The community parents project offers support to newly pregnant women and parents with children under 18 months, using volunteers from the local community. The project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to deliver k ...

    Publisher: Local Government Improvement and Development
    Published Date: 16/05/2011

  • Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: a guide for physically disabled parents

    This substantial guide offers practical information and guidance on all stages of having a baby and adjusting to new parenthood.

    Publisher: Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International
    Published Date: 17/04/2011

  • Commissioning Guide: Weight management before, during and after pregnancy

    This commissioning guide provides support for the local implementation of NICE guidance through commissioning and is a resource for NHS and other commissioners, managers and professionals who have a direct or indirect ro ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 31/03/2011

  • Raising sensitive issues - a training package for maternity settings

    Designed to help trainers develop training for staff (such as midwives, health visitors and social workers) to develop their skills in raising sensitive issues with pregnant women. It is designed to support the implement ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 31/03/2011

  • Sands Audit Tool for maternity services: Caring for parents whose baby has died

    The Audit Tool, the first of its kind for maternity services in the UK, has been developed to help those responsible for commissioning and providing services to assess the quality of care they provide to bereaved parents ...

    Publisher: Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
    Published Date: 08/03/2011

  • Phenylketonuria

    Phenylketonuria remains one of the most common inborn errors in the United Kingdom. It is detected on the newborn heel-prick screening sample allowing early treatment with a strict low phenylalanine diet supplemented wit ...

    Publisher: Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 12/02/2011

  • Development pressures: parents stories - video (Australia)

    In this short video, parents share stories about dealing with development pressures on babies.

    Publisher: Raising Children Network (Australia) Limited
    Published Date: 31/01/2011

  • Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth: commissioning guide

    This commissioning guide provides support for the local implementation of NICE guidance through commissioning, and is a resource for people involved in commissioning health and social care services and public health prog ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 20/01/2011

  • MHRA One Liners issue 81 – January 2011: Special maternity issue

    The MHRA receives a significant number of reports of harm or near misses involving medical devices in this specialist area. This edition of One Liners describes some of these with advice on preventing further incidents i ...

    Publisher: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
    Published Date: 12/01/2011

  • Late Intrauterine Fetal Death and Stillbirth (Green-top 55)

    This is the first edition of the guideline produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 06/12/2010

  • Aspirin after low birthweight - query bank

    Question: What is the advice regarding the use of low dose aspirin (75 mg) from first trimester in a woman who has had a baby below the 10th centile of birthweight in a previous term pregnancy. There is no history of pre ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 03/12/2010

  • Commissioning children’s centres: a rural perspective

    The Commission for Rural Communities has launched a short guide, aimed at professionals involved in the commissioning of children’s services, which focusses on families with young children in rural areas and the implicat ...

    Publisher: Commission for Rural Communities
    Published Date: 25/11/2010

  • A guide to infant formula for parents who are bottle feeding

    This guide is an impartial introduction to the different types of infant formula available and also covers feeding methods, recognising when your baby is hungry or full, weight gain and selecting bottles and teats. It is ...

    Publisher: UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
    Published Date: 18/10/2010

  • Specialist neonatal care quality standard (NICE)

    NICE has launched a new quality standard on specialist neonatal care services. These services are defined as high-dependency, surgical or intensive care. NICE quality standards are markers of excellent care. They are ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 13/10/2010

  • Baby Friendly Initiative: updated materials following the Hospital Initiative Review

    Following the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative review, a number of documents are being updated to reflect the new standards which will become part of all hospital assessments from 1 April 2011. These documents are desig ...

    Publisher: UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
    Published Date: 24/09/2010

  • Pregnancy and complex social factors: A model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors

    The care that women should be offered during pregnancy is outlined in NICE clinical guideline 62 ('Antenatal care'). However, pregnant women with complex social factors may need additional support to use antenatal care s ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 22/09/2010

  • The management of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy

    This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care and treatment of women who have or are at risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure) in pregnancy. It contains advice on the diagnosis and manag ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 25/08/2010

  • Hypertension in pregnancy: costing template

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a costing report for implementation of the clinical guidance on the management of hypertension in pregnancy. Because of the breadth and com ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 25/08/2010

  • Ofsted: Conducting children’s centres inspections

    This guidance is designed to assist inspectors of children’s centres in their work. It supplements the guidance provided in the evaluation schedule and indicates the main activities that need to be undertaken from the ti ...

    Publisher: Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skill
    Published Date: 23/08/2010

  • Making critical care decisions for your baby

    Bliss has launched a new booklet, Making critical care decisions for your baby, which is for families who are being asked to consider stopping intensive care treatment for their baby.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 15/08/2010

  • NICE: Weight management before, during and after pregnancy

    Obese mums-to-be should be encouraged to lose weight before they become pregnant, in order to reduce the risk of major complications during pregnancy, latest NICE guidance suggests.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 28/07/2010

  • New Consent Advice - Operative Vaginal Delivery

    The paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of a woman undergoing operative vaginal delivery.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 02/07/2010

  • Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality in England, Scotland and Wales

    This report is intended to assist doctors and other health professionals to support women and their families when a fetal abnormality is diagnosed and to help women to decide, within the constraints of the law, whether o ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 25/06/2010

  • How to stop smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth (NICE guidance)

    This guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, helping women to stop smoking when pregnant and following childbirth. This inclu ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 23/06/2010

  • Revised Policy, Standards and Protocols to Support the Provision of Antenatal Screening in Wales

    The revised Standards and Protocols have been the subject to consultation with ASW stakeholders from April to June 2009 and are a thorough revision and updating of the Antenatal Screening Wales Standards and Protocols pu ...

    Publisher: NHS Wales
    Published Date: 25/05/2010

  • Classification of urgency of caesarean section – a continuum of risk (Good Practice No. 11)

    The RCOG has published a Good Practice guide which it hopes will encourage the adoption and use of the Lucas classification of urgency of caesarean section. This classification uses four categories of urgency without spe ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 20/04/2010

  • Invest in engagement (website)

    A comprehensive review of the best worldwide evidence, in English, of what works to engage patients and the public in healthcare. This site aims help healthcare commissioners and providers in England to deliver higher qu ...

    Publisher: Picker Institute Europe
    Published Date: 09/04/2010

  • UK NSC screening timeline

    The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) screening timeline is a resource developed to offer a visual reference to optimum times for NHS antenatal and newborn screening tests to take place. This resource has been dev ...

    Publisher: UK National Screening Committee (NSC)
    Published Date: 07/04/2010

  • About the neonatal transport service - an information leaflet for parents in Scotland

    A leaflet (A5, 8 pages) providing parents in Scotland with information about the neonatal transport service, transfers and listing of units in Scotland.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 01/04/2010

  • Parent Information Guide Scotland

    The Bliss Scotland Parent Information Guide is free for every parent with a baby in a Scottish neonatal unit. It is distributed by most units to parents on their first or second day.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 01/04/2010

  • Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (2010)

    This government document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It includes both statutory guidance (which must be complied with ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 17/03/2010

  • Currency options for the healthy child programme: transforming community services

    This is a tool for commissioners of community services to use in developing a more transparent, outcome-based approach to pay for the community services element of the universal Healthy Child Programme from pregnancy to ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 12/03/2010

  • Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit

    Enhanced Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit helping to address inequalities in life expectancy and infant mortality

    Publisher:
    Published Date: 09/03/2010

  • Donor breast milk banks: the operation of donor breast milk bank services. NICE guidance

    The advice in this NICE guideline covers: How milk banks should recruit, screen and support women who donate breast milk How milk banks should handle and process the breast milk they receive from donors.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 26/02/2010

  • Intrapartum Scorecard

    The Intrapartum Scorecard is a tool for monitoring and improving patient safety in maternity units.

    Publisher: National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)
    Published Date: 10/02/2010

  • Labour Ward Solutions

    This document is aimed mainly at those responsible for implementing the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) maternity standards. It highlights the many chall ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 05/02/2010

  • NHS Evidence - QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention)

    NHS Evidence – QIPP collection launched in December 2009 and provides users with real examples of how staff are improving quality and productivity across the NHS

    Publisher: NHS Evidence
    Published Date: 21/12/2009

  • The pregnancy book 2009

    The Pregnancy Book has been revised and will be given free to expectant mothers and parents in England. The book is a trusted authority on all aspects of maternity. By providing in-depth support, useful contact informati ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 29/10/2009

  • Pathways to success: a self improvement toolkit - focus on normal birth and reducing Caesarean section rates

    This toolkit is designed to help maternity services review and assess their current practice in promoting normal birth and reducing CS rates. The toolkit also provides practical techniques to support sustainable changes ...

    Publisher: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
    Published Date: 28/10/2009

  • The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform, 2000

    The NHS Plan outlines the vision of a health service designed around the patient: a new delivery system for the NHS as well as changes between health and social services, changes for NHS doctors, for nurses, midwives, th ...

    Publisher:
    Published Date: 11/08/2009

  • Informed Choice

    Informed Choice aims to assist women and health care professionals in accessing reliable, evidence-based information to support maternal choice and professionals’ clinical decision making.

    Publisher: MIDIRS
    Published Date: 16/09/2008

  • Teenage parents: who cares? A guide to commissioning and delivering maternity services for young parents

    This guide makes the case for increased attention to the planning, organisation and delivery of maternity services for teenagers and gives practical suggestions on how to achieve a high-quality service that meets their n ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 15/07/2008

  • NICE: Induction of labour

    This guidance updates and replaces NICE inherited clinical guideline D (published in June 2001).

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 15/07/2008

  • Make the most of your appointment

    This page has been developed by the Department of Health to help everyone get the best out of their appointment with their doctor or health professional.

    Publisher: NHS Choices
    Published Date: 28/06/2008

  • RCOG Standards for Maternity Care

    RCOG working party report, the audit indicators and the standards database can be downloaded

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 01/06/2008

  • Maternal and Child Nutrition

    NICE guidance which aims to improve the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low income households.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 27/03/2008

  • Diabetes in pregnancy: management of diabetes and its complications from pre-conception to the postnatal period [Clinical guideline

    This NICE guidance covers the care and treatment of pregnant women with diabetes in the NHS in England and Wales. It also covers the care of their newborn babies.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 27/03/2008

  • Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman

    Guidance from NICE regarding the routine care that all healthy women can expect to receive during their pregnancy.

    Publisher:
    Published Date: 27/03/2008

  • Reaching Out Project: Maternity Access and Advocacy Pack

    The Reaching Out Project aims to improve access to maternity services for highly marginalised Black and minority ethnic women, including refugees, asylum seekers, women with little or no English and women with insecure i ...

    Publisher: Medact
    Published Date: 16/03/2008

  • Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS)

    AIMS... at the forefront of the childbirth movement for more than forty years. * Working towards normal birth * Providing independent support and information about maternity choices * Raising awareness o ...

    Publisher: Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS)
    Published Date: 16/03/2008

  • Guidance for midwives, health visitors, pharmacists and other primary care services to improve the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low income households

    This guidance is for health professionals, commissioners and managers, pharmacists, those providing pre-school childcare and other relevant public, community, voluntary and private sector organisations. It relates to pr ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 15/03/2008

  • Tools for developing and assuring quality in inter-agency relationships and training

    The NSPCC on behalf on Piat (Promoting inter-agency training) have produced some new tools to support the process of evaluating inter-agency training and of understanding the core dimensions of effective inter-agency rel ...

    Publisher: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    Published Date: 11/03/2008

  • Maternity Dashboard: Clinical Performance and Governance Score Card

    The purpose of this guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is to urge all maternity units to consider the use of the Maternity Dashboard to plan and improve their maternity services.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 29/02/2008

  • Smoking cessation services

    NICE guidance on smoking cessation services in primary care, pharmacies, local authorities and workplaces, particularly for manual working groups, pregnant women and hard to reach communities.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 27/02/2008

  • In the Know: Using Information to make Better Decisions

    This paper aims to encourage people to think about the information they use whenever they make decisions. It has examples, drawn from many different sources, of how information has been used in improving public services. ...

    Publisher: Audit Commission
    Published Date: 21/02/2008

  • The Good Indicators Guide: Understanding How to Use and Choose Indicators

    This guide is intended to be a short, practical resource for anyone in any health system who is responsible for using indicators to monitor and improve performance, systems or outcomes.

    Publisher: Association of Public Health Authorities (APHO)
    Published Date: 14/02/2008

  • Making normal birth a reality

    Consensus statement from the Maternity Care Working Party - our shared views about the need to recognise, facilitate and audit normal birth

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 13/12/2007

  • Quality Standards for Young People's Information, Advice and Guidance

    From April 2008 local authorities will assume overall responsibility for the quality of young people's information, advice and guidance (IAG). These standards will help local authorities to secure high-quality IAG provis ...

    Publisher: Careers Education and IAG support programme (CIAG)
    Published Date: 01/11/2007

  • Safer Childbirth: Minimum Standards for the Organisation and Delivery of Care in Labour

    The joint document, Safer Childbirth: Minimum Standards for the Organisation and Delivery of Care in Labour, provides clear and concise information about the roles and essential minimum staffing levels required to suppor ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 10/10/2007

  • Intrapartum care: management and delivery of care to women in labour

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health have issued this guidance providing clear and consistent advice to doctors and midwives on ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 28/09/2007

  • Teenage parents next steps: guidance for local authorities and primary care trusts

    To complement guidance sent last year to local areas on accelerating reductions in under-18 conceptions, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has launched a refreshed strategy designed to improve outcomes fo ...

    Publisher: Every Child Matters (ECM)
    Published Date: 17/08/2007

  • Multi-agency working to support pregnant teenagers

    This midwifery guide highlights effective practice on issues of confidentiality and sharing information about individual teenage mothers with other agencies. The aim is to improve outcomes for pregnant teenagers and new ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 20/07/2007

  • NHS Maternity Statistics

    Ever wanted to know... * How many women gave birth by caesarean section? * How many women had an epidural? * How many women had a 'normal' delivery? The annual maternity publication can answer all of ...

    Publisher: The Health and Social Care Information Centre (IC)
    Published Date: 28/06/2007

  • CNST Maternity Clinical Risk Management Standards

    The CNST Maternity Standards apply to members (including PCTs) providing labour ward services. They assess the way risk management activities are organised in these important services, focussing on areas such as communic ...

    Publisher: NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA)
    Published Date: 18/05/2007

  • Breastfeeding Manifesto

    The Breastfeeding Manifesto was produced in 2006 in consultation with over twenty UK organisations working to improve awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding and its role in reducing health inequalities. The Br ...

    Publisher: Breastfeeding Manifesto
    Published Date: 16/05/2007

  • Commissioning Self Assessment Tool for Maternity Matters

    A self-assessment tool for commissioners, published in tandem with Maternity Matters, to help PCTs and their partners ensure local maternity services meet population requirements and address health inequalities. See docu ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 24/04/2007

  • Health and safety for new and expectant mothers

    Includes: Guidance for health professionalsGuidance for new and expectant mothersLegislation affecting new and expectant mothers at work.Sources of further information and guidance

    Publisher: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    Published Date: 24/04/2007

  • Preventing sexually transmitted infections and reducing under 18 conceptions

    This NICE guidance presents recommendations on one to one interventions to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and reducing the rate of under 18 conceptions, especially among ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 24/04/2007

  • Birth After Previous Caesarean Birth

    This guideline provides evidence-based information to inform the care of women undergoing either planned vaginal birth after previous caesarean section (VBAC) or elective repeat caesarean section (ERCS).

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 11/04/2007

  • Pathways to success - a self improvement toolkit: Focusing on normal birth and reducing caesarean section rates

    This toolkit is designed to help maternity services review and assess their current practice in promoting normal birth and reducing CS rates. The toolkit also provides practical techniques to support sustainable changes ...

    Publisher: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
    Published Date: 26/03/2007

  • Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance

    This guidance covers the recognition of mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth, and care and treatment options, including drugs and psychological treatments. It also covers how f ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 14/03/2007

  • NICE guidelines on postnatal care

    The NICE clinical guideline on postnatal care covers the core care that every healthy woman and healthy baby should be offered during the first 6-8 weeks after the birth. Although for most women and babies the postnatal ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 27/07/2006

  • Teenage pregnancy next steps: guidance for local authorities and primary care trusts on effective delivery of local strategies

    The guidance sets out what we know about effective delivery of local teenage pregnancy strategies, based on in-depth reviews carried out in a number of areas with differing levels of success in reducing under-18 concepti ...

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 20/04/2006

  • National Guidelines for Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLCs)

    These guidelines inform healthcare managers, commissioners, practitioners and others on ways in which local maternity services liaison committees can work effectively and contribute to improving maternity services in lin ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 13/02/2006

  • Midwives rules and standards

    This booklet contains the rules and standards for midwifery and statutory supervision of midwives. It also provides guidance on the interpretation of those rules and standards. This replaces the previous Midwives rules ...

    Publisher: Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 01/08/2004

  • NICE: Caesarean section

    The NICE caesarean section clinical guideline covers: the information women can expect to receive from their doctor or midwife about caesarean section the most common reasons why they might need to have a caesarean secti ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 15/04/2004

  • Strengthening accountability - involving patients and the public: practice guidance

    This practice guidance is to help staff address and share the why and the what of patient and public involvement in the context of Section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act - why it is important and what it entails.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 28/02/2003


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