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

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry: A comparison of the care of Asian, Black and White women who have experienced a stillbirth or neonatal death

MBRRACE-UK is pleased to announce the publication of the latest MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry reports, comparing the care of Asian, Black and White women who have experienced a stillbirth or neonatal death. This is the fifth perinatal confidential enquiry and the first to be presented as concise “State of the Nation” reports. There are two reports: one comparing the care of Asian and White women, and one comparing the care of Black and White women. Each report is accompanied by additional online content, a lay summary and an infographic. The reports can be accessed on the TIMMS website.

MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives Improving Mothers' Care - Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2019-21

MBRRACE-UK is pleased to announce the publication of the MBRRACE-UK Maternal Mortality Surveillance and Confidential Enquiry Report for 2023. The report, lay summary, infographics and State of the Nation reports can be downloaded on the reports page.

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance: Report for births in 2021

MBRRACE-UK is pleased to announce the publication of the MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report for Births in 2021. This is the ninth perinatal surveillance report and the first to be presented as a concise “State of the Nation” report. The report is accompanied by a set of reference tables, a data viewer with interactive mapping, and a technical manual. The report can be accessed in the TIMMS website.

All the reports for earlier years can be downloaded from the Perinatal Mortality Surveillance page


'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: Guidelines for using the system can be downloaded here: MBRRACE online data entry guidebook (release March 2023 v1-6).

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

AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY to learn and apply the principles of Confidential Enquiry within a world-renowned national programme.

MBRRACE-UK is recruiting TRAINEE assessors for the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths.

'A confidential enquiry is a systematic process of multi-disciplinary, anonymous review of all or a sample of defined cases occurring in a defined geographical area during a defined period of time. Where the numbers of a specific type of condition are few, for example maternal deaths, it is possible and generally necessary to review all the cases. Where numbers are large it is usual to take a sample of cases for review. The review can take place either by individual or paired reviewers or during a panel process. Comparisons of care are made against guidelines or best practice where guidelines have not been developed. The review aim is to assess the quality of care provided in each case so as to inform future practice and improvements in care which may make a difference to future outcomes'.

If you are interested in being a part of this vital work, please follow the link below for more information on the roles and how to apply:

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Updated: Thursday, 25 April 2024 17:01 (v185)