National Programme —


Reducing brain injury and death caused in premature birth.

Newborn baby with parents

Bundle of 11 perinatal interventions to reduce brain injury and neonatal mortality.

Includes care for the mother, and early medical and practical care for the infant in the hours after birth. 

Rolling out throughout South West, to all eligible mothers and babies born pre 34 weeks’ gestation.


Detailed Programme Information

The Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth (PERIPrem) project – aiming to reduce brain injury and death caused by preterm birth by at least half. 

In addition to improving clinical outcomes for neonates, PERIPrem is expected to develop perinatal team culture at unit level and increase quality improvement (QI) capability within the South West region. 

PERIPrem was Highly Commended in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards 2021, in the Patient Safety Pilot Project of the Year category, and was a finalist in the Provider Collaboration category of the main HSJ awards. 

  • 698 babies cared for across the South West and West of England AHSN regions between April 2021 and February 2022
  • Patient resources translated into top 8 locally used languages
  • 1,497 sets of staff resources downloaded (to June 2022)

For more information please contact the South West AHSN PERIPrem Lead, Sally Hedge.

PERIPrem is endorsed by the Neonatal Nurses Association

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