A Midwifery Team’s journey through implementing and sustaining continuity of care

Dede Thorpe, Sara Neiman, Jay White, Sally Pezaro

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Abstract

The continuity of carer model of care for midwifery is set to roll out exponentially. Yet the setting up and sustaining of midwifery teams primed to deliver this model of care is new to many. Thus, in this article we present a case-study whereby one continuity of carer team was set up in London to enhance the quality of midwifery care. The reflections on the associated challenges, learning, recommendations and sustainability are shared to assist others embarking upon similar journeys. During its first two years of existence, the team was able to achieve high levels of continuity and were able to consistently meet set targets. Quality improvement strategies were embedded throughout. Challenges including data collection techniques and poor communication were also explored. Improved communication, safe staffing levels, continuous evaluation, shared learning, and co-creation will be essential in future quality improvement activities in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Volume(In-Press)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Jun 2022

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