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Volume 16/Issue 1, January 2020

NHS Resolution’s Early Notification scheme: learning from avoidable brain injuries at birth

Samantha Steele, Annette Anderson

NHS Resolution launched the flagship Early Notification (EN) scheme on 1 April 2017, as part of a drive to improve maternity and neonatal services nationally. A key ambition of the EN scheme has been to shorten the time taken to report an incident to NHS Resolution from years to days, enabling early admissions of liability where appropriate with early support to be provided to families when they need it most and earlier learning for the maternity system. This article describes the process and progress of this innovative scheme for cases reported in year one with a summary of NHS Resolution’s recently published report on the EN scheme, including valuable learning and recommendations for all levels of maternity and neonatal services from policy-makers to clinical teams.

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