A midwifery research study at the Trust looking at the care of women who are at increased risk of giving birth too early (before 37 weeks) has been awarded the Most Innovative Collaboration by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South London (CLAHRC). The judge said of the pilot study (known as the POPPIE trial): “This is an excellent example of collaboration spanning the voluntary sector, commissioners, NHS organisations, parents and academia.”
The randomised controlled trial, which was launched in May 2017, is a collaboration between University Hospital Lewisham, Kings College London, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Lewisham CCG and Lewisham Council. It has involved setting up a dedicated team of midwives at the Trust who care for women at increased risk of premature birth throughout pregnancy, labour and after the birth. Research shows that women who have this type of continuity of care are more likely to give birth naturally and less likely to experience a pre-term birth.
The results of the trial will be reported when it ends in a year’s time.