National Maternity Safety Conference 2021: Getting Safer Faster


After the success of the first national maternity safety conference held in January this year, to mark this year’s World Patient Safety Day, Baby Lifeline is launching its second National Maternity Safety Conference. The conference is scheduled for 23rd March 2021 in Birmingham.

So much has changed since our last conference with healthcare systems all around the world focused on managing the ramifications of the global coronavirus pandemic. This World Patient Safety Day the theme is ‘Safe health workers, Safe patients’ – what has become ever clearer at this time is that a health system is nothing without those who work within it.

Maternity services in England have done a remarkable job of responding and adjusting to unprecedented times, striving to ensure that despite the challenges, women and babies continue to receive personal and safe care.

Getting Safer Faster 

It is taking nothing away from the dedication and hard work of maternity professionals to acknowledge that, at a system level, more needs to be done to support staff in consistently delivering the high standard of maternity care that women and families deserve.

We have seen some encouraging signs of progress against the governments ambition to half avoidable rates of harm in maternity services by 2025,  but we are also seeing clear signs that some themes that have been repeatedly identified in inquires and reports are still impacting on the safe provision  of maternity care today.

About the Conference

Our second annual conference will bring together maternity professionals, system leaders, subject specialists and patients and families to present the latest evidence on the safety of maternity care today, share examples of positive improvement and best practice and hear from senior leaders about the next steps in the national maternity safety programme.

The event will be highly interactive, with panel sessions and a chance for delegates to be part of the conversation and discussion.

Key conference themes will include:

  • Learning from the coronavirus pandemic
  • The link between staff safety and support and safe care
  • The national picture of maternity safety – latest evidence and findings
  • Reducing inequality and improving outcomes
  • Research into maternity safety improvement and scaling successful change
  • Learning and responding to harm and supporting staff and families with empathy and compassion
  • Promoting a just and learning culture
  • Using data to improve service delivery
  • Maternity safety and multi-professional training
  • A human factors approach to promoting safer care

Confirmed Speakers

The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, and Founder of Patient Safety Watch.

Dr Denise Chaffer
Director of Safety and Learning at NHS Resolution, registered nurse and midwife.

Professor Sir Cyril Chantler
Vice Chairman NHS England Maternity Review (Report: Better Births), All-Party Parliamentary Group Health Advisor.

Baroness Julie Cumberlege CBE DL
Member of the House of Lords, Chair of the National Maternity Review (Report: Better Births).

Sir Liam Donaldson
Patient Safety Envoy, World Health Organization

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent
Chief Midwifery Officer for NHS England, National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health.

Dr Lisa Hinton
Senior Research Associate – THIS Institute

Dr Matthew Jolly
National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health, Acute Medical Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Shaun Lintern
Health Correspondent at the Independent

Mr Edward Morris
President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chair of Baby Lifeline’s Multi-Professional Advisory Panel.

Nadine Montgomery BSc, LLB

Donna Ockenden
Midwife, Nurse and Healthcare Leader, Chair of the Independent Investigation into  Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.

More speakers to be announced…

To register your interest and for more information, please visit the conference page.