Perinatal Adverse Event Reviews

In September of 2021, the Scottish Government launched new guidance to support review processes following a perinatal adverse event in Scotland.

The SPN is working closely with the Scottish Government, Health Boards and other strategic partners to support implementation of the new guidance.

National Adverse Event Review Framework

The national Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) Learning From Adverse Event Review National Framework for Scotland aims to ensure any staff involved are supported in a consistent manner, events are reviewed in a consistent way, and learning is captured and shared locally and nationally to improve the quality of services.

New Maternity and Neonatal (perinatal) Adverse Event Review Process for Scotland Guidance

The new Perinatal Adverse Event Review Guidance aims to bring perinatal context and consistency as an addendum to the national framework.

Events subject to Perinatal Mortality Review should also follow national PMRT guidance.

The new guidance was launched as part of a webinar hosted by Maternal & Child Quality Improvement Collaborative (MCQIC) on 15th September 2021.  You can watch the full MCQIC Perinatal Mortality Review Tool webinar here.

Dr Dr Corinne Love and Dr Edile Murdoch launch the new Perinatal Adverse Event Review Guidance at 46:40 in the video.

Supporting the New Perinatal Guidance: The SPN

The SPN has committed to supporting the perinatal community to implement the new guidance, in collaboration with strategic partners such as NES and HIS – including the HIS Adverse Events Network and the Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative (MCQIC), which is part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

The SPN will:

  • Develop a ‘safe space’ learning forum on MS Teams and a corresponding ‘collaboration space’
  • Facilitate regular case review events at which Boards can present, discuss and share learning (quarterly or 6-monthly)
  • Facilitate tailored learning opportunities, as requested, following particular incidents or events.
  • Develop a process to ‘Buddy-up’ smaller with larger Boards for peer support and to add structure to request for external reviewers.
  • Establish a perinatal SAERs working group through which to support implementation of the framework, provide support, and share learning and best practice.

Supporting the New Perinatal Guidance: Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) 

Currently, following an SAER in any service, colleagues can access a generic Learning Summary Template and Guidance at an Online Community of Practice on Knowledge Network. Following a review process, Boards are responsible for uploading their own Learning Summaries directly to the site, in order that other services or Boards may review findings and potentially share in any learning. Whether or when to share learning in this manner is at the discretion of each Boards and relies on positive engagement.

The templates and Online Community of Practice are currently under review and will cease in March 2022. They will be replaced with an improved approach developed through a Joint Commission for Openness and Learning between HIS & NHS Education Scotland (NES).

Supporting the New Perinatal Guidance: NHS Education Scotland (NES)

In addition to bespoke staff training provided by NHS Boards, NHS Education for Scotland provides a suite of three workshops designed to provide NHS staff involved in investigation work and those in leadership/management positions with the skills required.  These include training on learning from safety incidents in complex care environments, building a safety culture and other associated areas. Further details are available on the NES website.  NES can provide the package of these workshops in a combined bespoke half day session.

NES also has an e-learning resource for enhanced significant event analysis and entry-level Human Factors.

Staff involved in any adverse event process may need addition wellbeing support.  It is therefore important that management ensure that appropriate measures are in place to support the wellbeing of the individuals throughout the adverse event review process.