Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP)
The PI has put together a comprehensive programme which is offered to units already using the GROW software
and new units who now want to implement GROW. The following links give details of the programme:
The following details the PI Terms of Service:

Current users 
New users  
Terms of service 


GAP E-Learning

To access the E-Learning portal or reset your E-Learning password please use the following links:   GAP-Elearning     Reset Password



Recent Publications      
• Customized growth charts: rationale, validation and clinical benefits          
• Fetal growth surveillance – Current guidelines, practices and challenges  
• Customised vs INTERGROWTH-21st standards                                        

GAP is based on the following key elements:
  1. Evidence based protocols and risk assessment algorithms
  2. Training and accreditation of all staff involved in clinical care
  3. Implementation of customised GROW chart and audit tool
  4. Rolling audit and benchmarking of performance
Further information - see MIDIRS article:
  Resources

GAP training - dates of forthcoming workshops are listed here.

GAP uptake - click here for a list of UK Trusts and Health Boards

Fundal Height Measurement - click here for video demonstration.

Lecture - click here to view a presentation by Prof Jason Gardosi on Preventing Stillbirth: A National Campaign on 1/7/2016 (24 minutes)


Rationale
• Most 'unexplained' stillbirths were growth restricted   • Customised charts and appropriate protocols should be used  
• Most stillbirths with IUGR are avoidable   • Standardised FH measurement and referral improves detection    
• A/N detection improves outcome and reduces SB   • In high risk pregnancy, serial scans improve detection  

Effect on Stillbirth

A co-ordinated growth assessment programme has reduced ONS stillbirth rates in three English regions with high uptake (West Midlands, Yorkshire & The Humber, North East). For detailed analysis, see BMJ Open 2013 and J Public Health 2014

The reduction is mainly in stillbirths with IUGR                          The Times Leading Article

 

To date, 80% of Trusts and Health Boards in the UK have implemented GAP. The increasing national uptake is mirrored by ONS stillbirth rates in England, which have seen a year-on-year reduction to their lowest ever levels.


*Breaking News*:
The 2017 stillbirth rate in England, released by ONS in July 2018, has fallen again - to 4.12 ! This represents a 21% reduction from the 2000-09 (10 year) baseline.


   Perinatal Institute wins 2013 Patient Safety Award for Clinical Leadership, for implementing West Midlands stillbirth prevention programme
   Perinatal Institute wins 2014 Patient Safety Award for national roll-out of the GAP - Education and Training Programme
   Perinatal Institute wins 2015 Patient Safety Award for improving safety in pregnancy by computer aided monitoring of fetal growth
   Perinatal Institute wins 2015 BMJ Award for Clinical Leadership, for implementing national stillbirth prevention programme
   Perinatal Institute wins 2016 Queens Award for Enterprise - Innovation for reducing stillbirth rates in England