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OUH improves performance in 2022 maternity survey

11/01/2023

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today (Wednesday 11 January) published the results of the 2022 Maternity survey. Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) was identified as performing ‘Better than average’ in two areas and has improved in a number of areas from last year’s survey. 

Women aged 16 and over who had live births between 1 and 28 February 2022 were invited to join in the survey. 121 NHS Trusts in England participated and 263 OUH patients responded, which gave the Trust a response rate of 50.29%. The questionnaire was divided into eight sections and OUH was banded ‘Better than average’ in the section – The start of your care in pregnancy.

The areas where OUH performed better than other Trusts related to the information and choice given to women about where to have their baby, and mental health support for women during pregnancy. There was also improvement compared to last year in relation to antenatal check-ups, birthing partner involvement and postnatal help and advice. 

The results revealed that 44% of the respondents had just experienced their first childbirth. 

The areas in which the Trust was highlighted as performing below average related to induction and whether appropriate information and advice on risks was given prior to induction; and care in hospital following the birth, including whether parents were given the information needed. 

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at OUH said: "I want to thank everyone who has taken time to provide their feedback and let us know about their experience at OUH. We are pleased to see that people felt supported and involved in decisions about their care, particularly for those at the start of their pregnancy journey.

"There are also opportunities for us to improve in several areas and the results from the survey will provide us with a basis of an action plan where we can build on the positives and make further improvements where needed."

Pictured: Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital