Field team focus on maternity units
The NICE Implementation Field Team aim to make it as easy as possible for clinicians to implement NICE guidance. In 2008/09 the team's seven implementation consultants set out to visit every maternity unit in England to demonstrate how NICE implementation support can help them.
There are currently 12 clinical guidelines relevant to maternity services, including our recently completed maternity suite covering antenatal care right through to postnatal care. The team visited all except one unit and found that NICE guidance is being used to shape and monitor services. "We take NICE guidance extremely seriously", said one clinical director. A head of midwifery added: "NICE guidance is helpful and welcome. It gives focus and provides support and back-up when introducing change. The NICE brand helps."
The field team was able to show how NICE implementation tools can help frontline clinicians. Steve Sparks, Associate Director for the team, said that the costing report and local costing template proved particularly popular. These spreadsheets can be used to calculate the cost of implementing NICE advice, using statistics based on the local population.
Heads of maternity saw the potential for using our audit tools and involving junior doctors in using them as part of their audit training. Similarly, midwives could use the tools to conduct their own audits. This, in turn, would help develop their management skills.
The slide sets in particular raised interest. These ready-made PowerPoint presentations, complete with presenter's notes, accompany guidance. After the visit of a NICE field team consultant, the head of one maternity unit commented: "You have opened my eyes today - and now I'm going to go and open the eyes of my clinical team."
This page was last updated: 17 August 2009