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Welcome to July's news from APEC

We hope all our supporters are having a little bit of time out and rest, you all deserve it. Traditionally the summer is a little quieter for us here at APEC HQ, but we have been busy catching up after an eventful and exiting few months.
We have plenty planned for the remainder of 2019 and are already attempting to plan into 2020.
Do take a little peek at our website if you get a chance, as it has been given a fresh new look! We hope it is now easier than ever to navigate and find the information you need.
APEC Study days 2020!
We need speakers for study days in Scotland and the South West - can you help?
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Our website has a fresh new look
Take a look
Summer Reading for parents and healthcare professionals
Visit APEC shop


now being adopted in NHS England

APEC is pleased to hear that the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), is supporting the wider adoption of placental growth factor-based (PlGF) testing for the rule-out of pre-eclampsia. The AAC brings the NHS, government and industry together to remove barriers to uptake of innovations, so that NHS patients have faster access to innovations that can transform care.  Recognising the role of cross-sector partnership in accelerating access to transformative healthtech, the remit of the AAC has recently increased, to become theumbrella body across the UK health innovation eco-system, providing more joined-up support for innovators and setting the strategy for innovation in the health system.
The AAC aims to help overcome the barriers innovations face before they become part of routine clinical practice. For PlGF- based testing, funding has been secured through the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) so the product is zero-cost for Trusts to help overcome financial barriers, and the Academic Health Science Network is providing national support for Trusts adopting the product.
Dr Sam Roberts, Chief Executive of the AAC: " I am thrilled that PlGF-based testing is one of the first wave of world class health innovations the AAC is supporting, as it can have such a positive impact for women going through pregnancy."
PlGF-based testing has only been introduced to a handful of Trust's so far, including Oxford University Trusts, Derby Teaching Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust, Great Western Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

APEC hope that this initiative will help many more Trust’s implement this year.  
Dr Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health for NHS England and NHS:
"The support from the Accelerated Access Collaborative to help providers across the country adopt this innovative blood test quickly will enable women to be directed to more appropriate care and reduce unneeded anxiety,"

APEC is looking forward to working closely with the AAC to ensure that the clear patient demand for this test is heard.

APEC delighted to be involved in Review of Reviews publication: Prediction of Pre-eclampsia

Primary studies and systematic reviews provide estimates of varying accuracy for different factors in the prediction of pre‐eclampsia. The aim of this study was to review published systematic reviews to collate evidence on the ability of available tests to predict pre‐eclampsia, to identify high‐value avenues for future research and to minimise future research waste in this field.

Read the full publication here

Organisational Report Launch: NMPA 2019


The NMPA are pleased to launch the Organisational Report 2019 for the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit.
The second NMPA organisational report provides comprehensive information on how maternity and neonatal care is delivered by the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes maternity and neonatal care settings, availability of services and facilities, and staffing.
Further data available on the NMPA website will enable healthcare professionals, managers, policy makers and the public to find and compare information about their local services, such as maternity unit types, neonatal unit designations and the provision of specialist services for women and babies. The website also provides information on services available by region/Local Maternity System, neonatal network and country.
National Maternity and Perinatal Audit
Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Clinical Informatics
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

NICE Intrapartum Care: quality standard consultation open from 22nd August, comments welcome.

A message from NICE Quality Standards Team:

This is advance notice that the NICE Intrapartum care: women with existing medical conditions or obstetric complications and their babies quality standard consultation will run from 22 August 2019 to 23 September 2019. We would very much welcome comments on the draft quality standard.

Registered stakeholders will be notified on the day the consultation opens with instructions on how to submit comments.

For further information on the quality standard or the quality standards programme in general please see the links below.

Intrapartum care: women with existing medical conditions or obstetric complications and their babies 

Quality standards

Register as a stakeholder

If applicable, we encourage you to register as a stakeholder. Comments received from non-registered organisations and individuals are not summarised in the summary report presented to the committee but are included as an appendix. These comments are not made available on the NICE website. However, if they result in changes to the quality standard this is recorded in the committee meeting minutes.


Northampton, July 2019

APEC visited Northampton earlier in the month for another multidisciplinary study day on pre-eclampsia.
Thank you to all our wonderful speakers Dr Alice Beardmore-Gray, Dr Luxmi Velauthar,  Lynsey Regan  Dr Fionnuala Mone and Jenny Chambers of ICP Support for volunteering their time. Feedback from delegates has been very positive and it was useful to hear about the brand new NICE guidelines and PlGF blood tests for pre-eclampsia. Thank you to everyone involved at Northampton including  all the speakers and delegates for helping to make the day such a success.
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Dates and Venues for the next few months


All APEC staff and trustees would like to thank consultant Dr Diana Dunlop, of Bath Hospital for her support over the years, as an APEC expert and study day speaker. Her support was greatly valued and we wish her a happy retirement.

Diana sent this kind message:

"I have enjoyed and learned a lot from my association with APEC and I hope that its good work continues."


Mum-to-be shares feedback on social media

Some lovely feedback from Emma's diary's Facebook page spotted by one of our supporters. Great to see the message is starting to get out to women in the UK. You can order these small leaflets for your hospital at a reduced price of £20 for 500. Visit our shop

Can you help us with writing guidance on driving laws and eclampsia?

We are interested in receiving advice from anyone who has had contact with the DVLA after an eclamptic fit. If you are willing to share your experience, we are currently writing guidance on driving following eclampsia. There has been some confusion and we would appreciate all relevant input.
Please can you get in touch with us


Massive thanks to the wonderful Sue Keen, who took on a tough challenge to raise money for APEC -
Sue completed a gruelling triathlon in June:
"I completed the swim, bike and run slowly but I did it and finished with a huge grin on my face!!  I thoroughly enjoyed it, the atmosphere was great, and I may be tempted to do another which is not something that I thought I would say. To top it all I raised £160 for APEC which I am sure will be used effectively to raise awareness and provide support."
Thank you so much Sue, you are a true inspiration!

London Marathon 2020

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