Fetal monitoring has been identified as a critical contributory factor in cases where improvements in care may have prevented a poor outcome. We continue to see Clinical Negligence claims in NHS Wales which feature issues and failures in the intrapartum fetal surveillance process.
The Welsh Risk Pool Maternity Safety & Learning Team are coordinating the development of training resources for use by clinicians across Wales to support the requirements of the All Wales Intrapartum Fetal Surveillance Standards.
The team are working with national bodies to develop a robust, standardised and auditable documentation tool for NHS Wales which captures the elements set out in the Standards and which will support clinicians in the holistic assessment of the woman and baby at the ‘fresh eyes’ review. The Intrapartum Fetal Surveillance team consists of Sarah Hookes, Sarah Morris and Nil Sengupta.