National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre


The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) collaborates with Irish maternity services to translate clinical audit data into improved maternity care for families in Ireland. It conducts audit and research into pregnancy outcomes in the Irish maternity services. The NPEC works in collaboration with all 19 of Ireland’s maternity and neonatal units. The NPEC is an audit and research centre based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in UCC, Cork. As part of the audit work of the centre, NPEC operates three working groups, the NPEC Perinatal Mortality Group, the NPEC Severe Maternal Morbidity Group and the Vermont Oxford Network Group, each of which is made up of multi-disciplinary specialists nominated by their professional bodies. The NPEC is governed by the NPEC Governance Committee. The maternity services continue to produce quality reports to impact on the care for patients. The NPEC adheres to the policies and procedures set out by NOCA and are delighted to work with NOCA. The NPEC have always strategically aimed to close the audit loop and since the establishment of the National Women and Infants Health Programme in January 2017, a number of the NPEC recommendations have been progressed. The NPEC wish to thank all who contribute to the NPEC audits and continue to recommend that robust clinical audit on adverse maternal outcomes requires the protected time of clinical staff.

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