About the NCMD

“It is vital to share learning about the changing risks to children’s safety and wellbeing” Katrina Phillips, Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)

The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) national data collection and analysis system is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. It records comprehensive data, standardised across a whole country (England), on the circumstances of children’s deaths. The purpose of collating information nationally is to ensure that deaths are learned from, that learning is widely shared and that actions are taken, locally and nationally, to reduce the number of children who die.

The programme was established and is delivered by the University of Bristol, in collaboration with the University of Oxford’s National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), UCLPartners and the software company QES. It also includes representation from bereaved families through the NCMD charity partners: Child Bereavement UK, The Lullaby Trust and Sands.

Aims

The aims of the project are to:

  • Capture, analyse and disseminate appropriate data and learning from child death reviews
  • Drive the quality of child death review at every stage through bench-marking and quality improvement (QI) methodology
  • Study and analyse the patterns, causes and associated risk factors of child mortality in England, providing information to target preventative health and
    social care and to assist in policy decisions, and
  • Develop a sustainable model after the lifetime of the project.

Impact

Learning from the past to change and improve the future is the very reason that NCMD exists. We thank all professionals who contribute to child death reviews for enabling us to do just that. You can find details of our achievements in our impact reports.

Our partners

University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Lead partner

Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol is a leading centre for collaborative and multi-disciplinary research in population and translational health sciences.

QES

QES

Software developer

QES is a specialist developer of web based and offline apps, supporting secure digital data solutions for a diverse range of public and private sector clients.

UCLPartners

UCLPartners

Quality improvement

UCLPartners is a partnership of world-leading academic and clinical research centres, NHS organisations, industry, patients and others committed to harnessing research to deliver excellent patient care.

The NPEU

The NPEU

Research centre

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) is a multidisciplinary research unit run by the University of Oxford. They deliver a range of projects to monitor and improve maternal and child health.

Sands

Sands

Charity partner

Sands works to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive; and create a world where fewer babies die.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK

Charity partner

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust

Charity partner

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.

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