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Welcome to September's news from APEC!

We hope all our supporters and colleagues are well. The nights are drawing in and we are heading into a very busy Autumn/Winter event calendar. Looking forward to meeting many of you at the events we have planned for the next few months. Check out the new 'Dates for your Diary' at the end of the newsletter. We would like to thank all our supporters for your continued support.
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APEC Study days 2020 - Dates for your diary
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Hypertension in pregnancy can ‘increase later risk of heart disease'

Women with high blood pressure in pregnancy, including conditions such as pre-eclampsia, have been found to have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disorders later in life a recent study has found. The Nursing Times article, published on 24th September explains the study in detail.

Findings suggested screening ages should be adapted for women at higher risk and that future research needed to focus on potential interventions.  APEC colleagues Professor Lucy Chappell and  Dr Fergus Mccarthy were among those involved in the study.

They studied electronic health records from 1997 to 2016 to recreate a UK population-based cohort of 1.3 million women covering nearly 1.9 million completed pregnancies and  used statistical analysis to determine the associations between hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia with 12 cardiovascular disorders.

They found that during the 20-year study period, 18,624 cardiovascular events occurred, of which 65% occurred in women under 40 years of age.

Read the article
Read full study

The NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC)

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) was formed in response to the independently-chaired Accelerated Access Review published in October 2016.  The AAC brings industry, government and the NHS together to remove barriers to uptake of innovations, so that NHS patients have faster access to innovations that can transform care.The AAC chair is Professor Lord Darzi, and sits alongside the Life Sciences Council.

We aim to bring you an update on the AAC each month, here is the update for September:
Our July newsletter introduced us to the work that the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) had started to do to support placental growth factor-based (PlGF) bases 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. 
Before the AAC programme had started, PlGF-based testing had only been adopted in 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.

We are delighted to report that though the AAC’s work and with Academic Health Science Network partners, PlGF-based testing has now been adopted in 3 more sites. These are St George’s Hospital in London, Conquest and Eastbourne Hospital in East Sussex, and Manchester University Trust. The AAC believe that several more sites will have adopted soon, with a target to ensure over 40 Trust’s have adopted PlGF-based testing by the end of the AAC support of this innovation.
Finally, together with the Association of Medical Research Charities, the AAC is organising a workshop soon to discuss barriers to adoption for PlGF-based testing that the voluntary sector can help to overcome, and PlGF-based testing is also going to be the main theme for the October Maternity Safety Champion Webex.
If anyone requires any further information about the work the AAC is doing, they can contact the team at 

Peer Review Training at Researcher Academy

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)  New team of Officers elected

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been elected as the next Vice Presidents of the RCOG:

  • Tim Draycott FRCOG
  • Jo Mountfield FRCOG
  • Patrick O'Brien FRCOG
  • Ranee Thakar FRCOG
  • Susan Ward FRCOG

The candidates applied for the generic role of Vice President. They will shortly be appointed to specific roles, following consultation with the President-Elect, Eddie Morris.

The new President and the team of Officers will take up post in December 2019, and lead the College and the profession over the next 3 years.

In addition, 15 individuals have been elected or re-elected to the RCOG Council, the College’s most senior professional body.

Go to RCOG site

NMPA women and families group, launch the Clinical Report 2019 for the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit.

The second NMPA clinical report covers births in 2016/17 and includes new measures for birth without intervention and babies admitted to neonatal care.
Further data available on the NMPA website will enable maternity care professionals, managers and commissioners, and women and families to compare services across a range of measures and subgroups.
Thank you to everyone who made contributions to the NMPA.

Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Clinical Informatics
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


APEC multidisciplinary study days on pre-eclampsia

Our study days are widely recognised as being excellent, with expert speakers who are leaders in the field of pre-eclampsia and associated conditions. 92% of midwives and healthcare professionals feel more confident dealing with pre-eclampsia after attending.

We are delighted to be coming on a Scottish Tour in March, where we will visit Dumfries, Edinburgh and Inverness. Please do keep an eye on the newsletter for booking information and confirmed dates.
Dates and Venues for the next few months
Hold a study day at your hospital or university
Become a Volunteer speaker
We are always looking for speakers for our study days. We would like to hear from clinicians across the board - consultants, research midwives, GP's - if you have a special interest in pre-eclampsia we would love to talk to you. We are looking for speakers across the UK.

What is in it for you?
  • great for your CPD
  • recognition amongst practitioners
  • giving 'something back' to the medical community
  • travel expenses paid
  • certificate provided
  • example presentations and support if needed
  • opportunity to network 
Please email Rowan our Education Officer or call us 01386 761848

Supporting parents and families

New Baby Loss Awareness Week Website  2019


Update on #BLAW2019 Policy and Campaigns 
Message from Clea Harmer, CEO, SANDS

A brand new website has been launched with dedicated pages for: 
Supporters can  submit stories online. 
This Baby Loss Awareness Week, we are calling on Governments and the NHS to ensure that anyone affected by pregnancy or baby loss who needs specialist psychological support can access it free of change wherever they live in the UK. We will be launching a new campaign report and resources during the week (9-15 October) so watch this space.
Go to the new BLAW website


The very wonderful Sarah Carthy will be running the Scotland Half Marathon on 29th September in memory of her daughter Hope (pictured) who was born prematurely as a result of pre-eclampsia. She is raising money towards our Scotland study days in March, which will will enable us to reach more healthcare professionals in that area.

"Action on Pre-eclampsia was one of the many charities that supported us during that time. As a charity they aim to raise awareness, improve care and provide support to families and health care professionals."

If you would like to donate to Sarah's Just Giving page please click the button below.
We would like to say thank you to her for support

Go to Sarah's Just Giving page

London Marathon 2020

Got a ballot place?
If you were successful in the ballot and would like to join our team, we would be delighted to have you. You will receive a lovely running vest, fundraising pack and lots of support!

Golden Bond Charity Places
We also have Golden Bond places, (minimum fundraising amount applies.)
Have a look at our website to read more and apply for 2020!
Register for your place

Do you use Ebay?

Did you know you can donate to APEC every time you buy something?

  • Make a donation to APEC during the checkout process when buying any item on eBay.
  • Browse for your preferred charities and select them as your favourites, then every time you pay for items on eBay you'll have the option to also make a donation to a favourite charity.
  • October 9-15th Baby Loss Awareness week
  • October 15th APEC study day, Hertfordshire
  • November 4th APEC study day, Newham, London
  • November 14th APEC study day, Coventry
  • November 19th launch of MBRRACE report 

Supporting APEC makes a real difference. Thank you

Action on Pre-eclampsia aims to raise awareness, improve care and provide support to mums, families and health care professionals. We receive no statutory funding and are mainly supported by the kind donations and subscriptions from the public – people like you. There are lots of ways to support APEC, from requesting a fundraising pack, to running the London Marathon.

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