6 April 2021

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) will be working together to communicate openly and receive feedback from women and families as the Trust implements required actions from the first Ockenden Report.

SaTH, which runs maternity services for women in Shropshire, Telford, Wrekin and mid Wales will receive expert advice from HSIB that will inform its engagement approach with women and families.

SaTH’s Chief Executive, Louise Barnett, said: “This agreement with HSIB represents a key milestone for the Trust as we work to implement the actions set out in the Ockenden Report.

“It is really important that we engage effectively and sensitively, and listen to any women and families that wish to speak with us. It is their experiences that will help us to learn and improve the services we deliver now and into the future.”

Today’s announcement follows the formation of the Ockenden Report Assurance Committee (ORAC) which convened for its first meeting on Thursday March 25. The committee, which will meet monthly, has been established to drive forward actions in maternity services arising from the first Ockenden Report. In order to provide transparency and accountability, all meetings will take place online in public. Committee members include members of the Trust and representatives from partner organisations, including Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Maternity Voices Partnership, Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Healthwatch. The second ORAC meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 22 April from 09:00-11:30 and will be streamed live.