MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 

UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2017

MBRRACE-UK is pleased to announce the publication of the MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report for Births in 2017. The full report, the summary report, a four page over-view, infographic and Excel versions of the tables in the report can be downloaded on the reports page.

The meeting to launch the findings of the MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mother’s Care report will be held in Birmingham on the 19th November. Booking have now closed. Please email us (conference@npeu.ox.ac.uk) if you would like to be added to a waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available.

We are currently recruiting clinical assessors for the MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity. Please see below for the more details and information about how to apply.

MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care - Report Launch Meeting 2019

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Venue: The Studio, Birmingham

Midwife, Obstetrician, Neurologistand Obstetric Physician Assessors for MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity

MBRRACE-UK is seeking to appoint new midwife, obstetrician, neurologist (with expertise in stroke or epilepsy) and obstetric physician assessors for the MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity in conjunction with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Colleges of Physicians. We are seeking to appoint up to 10 national assessors from each professional group, who will be geographically representative of the four UK nations and regionally representative within England. It is anticipated that assessors will be expected to review 10-15 cases per year. The initial term for assessors will be three years, renewable for a further three years. It is anticipated that most work will be undertaken electronically and therefore travel will not be required, with the exception of travel to an annual training meeting, for which travel expenses will be provided. The position is otherwise not remunerated but assessment work can be considered as part of continuing professional development (certificates will be provided).

For an informal discussion of the role, please contact Professor Marian Knight, MBRRACE-UK Maternal Programme Lead.

Download details of the role

If you are interested in applying, please submit a two page CV and a short letter stating why you would like to undertake the role and any relevant experience to marian.knight@npeu.ox.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is the 5th September 2019. Applications will be considered by the relevant College/MBRRACE-UK appointments committee and successful applicants informed by October 2019.

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:


a. In good standing with the NMC/GMC/relevant Royal College

b. Recent active clinical practice (at least two sessions/one day per week in active NHS clinical practice in the relevant specialty within the last three years) to the level of:

  • Ward manager, labour ward coordinator, supervisor of midwives or equivalent for midwives
  • Consultant for obstetricians and obstetric physicians


c. Evidence of a contribution to and interest in clinical governance or national audit and research, e.g. previous work on the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths, UKOSS

d. Experience of confidential case review

e. Experience of Committee work

f. Evidence of forging links within and outwith one’s own professional group

g. Relevant specialist experience.


'MBRRACE-UK' is the collaboration appointed by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to run the national Maternal, Newborn and Infant clinical Outcome Review Programme (MNI-CORP) which continues the national programme of work conducting surveillance and investigating the causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths and infant deaths.

The aim of the MNI-CORP MBRRACE-UK programme is to provide robust national information to support the delivery of safe, equitable, high quality, patient-centred maternal, newborn and infant health services.

MBRRACE-UK achieves this by:

The scope MNI-CORP is a national programme which encompasses England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Duration of the programme: MBRRACE-UK were commissioned to run the programme from May 2012 to March 2017; following a further competitive re-commissioning round the programme has been extended to run until 30th September 2021.  

Funding: The MNI-CORP programme is commissioned by HQIP on behalf of NHS England, NHS Wales, the Health and Social Care Division of the Scottish government, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland (DHSSPS), the States of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.

Notifications of maternal deaths should be made by ringing the Oxford MBRRACE-UK office on 01865 289715.

Reporting of stillbirths, perinatal deaths and infant deaths is via the MBRRACE-UK online reporting system available here: www.mbrrace.ox.ac.uk. Guidelines for using the system can be downloaded here: MBRRACE online data entry guidebook (release April 2013 v101) .

Units are asked to review their access to the internet to ensure that the web browser they are using meets the specifications required to enter data via the MBRRACE-UK system; older versions of software are not suitable as they do not meet NHS data security requirements. Please view the IT specification page to check this for your Unit.

Please also view the MBRRACE-UK IT deployment page which outlines more information about the deployment of the MBRRACE-UK data collection system and may be helpful for IT staff in Units.

Information about why we are collecting non-anonymised information and details about the approvals we have to collect this information is provided on the 'Why we need identifiers' page.

The topics selected for future confidential enquiries are available on the Topics page.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Assessors for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal and Infant Deaths

With the exception of a small number of specific specialties we have recruited most assessors for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Death and the current perinatal confidential enquiry. Any future positions will be advertised here.

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