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Supporting maternity teams

02 December 2023
Volume 31 · Issue 12


The PROMPT Maternity Foundation aims to reduce preventable harm to mothers and babies in maternity care by making effective multi-professional training as widely available as possible

The PROMPT Maternity Foundation (PMF) is a non-profit charity led by a multi-professional team of clinicians, including midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists. PROMPT stands for ‘PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training’, and since its inception in 2000, the PMF team has been dedicated to researching and developing the most effective way to train maternity teams, both in the UK and internationally. PMF's aim is to facilitate improvements in care for mothers and families by managing obstetric emergencies effectively and reducing preventable harm.

Poor teamworking and human factors have consistently been identified as contributary factors within avoidable harm in maternity care in the UK (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2021; Knight et al, 2023).

Research involving some of the PMF team has demonstrated that individuals make fewer errors when working in effective teams and that training within a multi-professional team can improve team working by itself. For training to be effective (ie improve outcomes for mothers and babies) it should be local, multi-professional and include teamworking that is integrated in clinical skills training (Siassakos et al, 2011; Liberati et al, 2021).

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