The Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is urging all maternity units to consider the use of a ‘Maternity Dashboard’ to plan and improve their maternity services.
The Maternity Dashboard serves as a clinical performance and governance score card to monitor the implementation of the principles of clinical governance on the ground.
According to the RCOG, this may help to identify patient safety issues in advance so that timely and appropriate action can be instituted to ensure a woman-centred, high-quality, safe maternity care. The RCOG says that use of the Maternity Dashboard has been shown to be beneficial in monitoring performance and governance to reassure the ‘health’ of maternity units.
The RCOG has developed guidance on producing a practical Maternity Dashboard, which can be accessed here.