PERIPrem wins Best Project at national awards

PERIPrem wins Best Project at national awards

Maternity and neonatal units across the South West and the team behind PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth) have been celebrating after the project won Best National/Regional Project at the 2022 British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) Gopi Menon Awards last month.

PERIPrem is our project run in partnership with West of England Academic Health Science Network and South West Neonatal Network to introduce a perinatal care bundle to improve outcomes for premature babies. The bundle, which forms part of our Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme, consists of 11 interventions that demonstrate a significant impact on brain injury and mortality rates amongst babies born earlier than 34 weeks.

The annual BAPM Gopi Menon Awards recognise outstanding contributions in perinatal care and celebrates teams and individuals that have gone above and beyond in big and small ways to make things better for their patients and colleagues.

The Gopi Menon Award is the latest in a number of successes for the PERIPrem project. This summer the South West AHSN published its evaluation of PERIPrem in British Medical Journal Open Quality. Our evaluation found 26% more mothers and babies born prematurely in the South West received the care interventions they were eligible for, compared to before PERIPrem started. PERIPrem was also found to have improved perinatal team culture.

Earlier this year PERIPrem featured as a case study in the latest NHS GIRFT Neonatology report with teams being encouraged to access our resources. PERIPrem case studies were also published by NHS Confederation (April 2022) and the National Child Mortality Database thematic report (August 2022), and official PERIPrem resources have received Neonatal Nurses Association endorsement.

At the 2021 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards, PERIPrem was highly commended as the Patient Safety Pilot of the Year. PERIPrem was also shortlisted for Provider Collaboration of the Year at the 2021 HSJ Awards.

Our congratulations to all those involved in PERIPrem. Learn more about PERIPrem on our webpage

*This is an edited version of an article originally published by West of England AHSN on 4 October 2022.

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