The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) leads on a series of programmes of work related to helping midwives improve safety during pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period.
The NRLS is a partner in the Safer Births Initiative with The King’s Fund, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries and NHS Litigation Authority.
The NRLS is working with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on a programme of work to improve patient safety in neonatal care. This includes a Patient Safety Alert on the use of a care bundle for the safer use of intravenous gentamicin to neonates.
The NRLS has also worked with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to develop a care bundle to improve the safety of women with placenta praevia following caesarean section. This is part of the NPSA's Intrapartum Toolkit.
In-hospital maternal death from post-partum haemorrhage after elective caesarean section (excluding cases where imaging has identified placenta accrete) has been established as a Never Event.
Resources for midwives are listed below.