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Funding boost for safety in maternity services


Our maternity staff are set to benefit from a £63,000 funding boost which will enable us to deliver further training to improve maternity safety.

We have received a share of over £8m through Health Education England’s (HEE) Maternity Safety Training Fund, which is being distributed to all NHS Trusts in England on behalf of the Department of Health.

The fund aims to support a culture of continuous learning and improvement in safe maternity services, with the hope of reducing the rates of still births, neonatal and maternity deaths and other adverse outcomes such as sepsis or intrapartum brain injuries by 20% by 2020. It also supports recommendations made in the 2016 National Maternity Review report: ‘Better Births – Improving outcomes for maternity services in England’ to ensure maternity safety education and training materials are available for all maternity units across England.

At our Trust, the funding will be used to deliver a bespoke safety improvement plan focusing on leadership, team-working and communication. The main proportion of the investment will be used to locally deliver the internationally recognised PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) training package with a specific emphasis on the role of human factors in Maternity. We have also invested in new PROMPT flex birthing mannequin which will play an important role in the simulation of obstetric emergencies on the training days.” 

Chief Executive Deborah Lee said: “I am very pleased that we have been successful in our bid and secured this funding to further improve maternity safety in our Trust.

“More than 6,000 babies are born with us every year and our amazing staff are committed to giving women and their families the very best care; on the rare occasions when things go wrong, it is devastating for families and extremely upsetting for the staff involved . This funding will be used therefore to support training across our maternity teams to make our maternity services even safer for mothers and their babies.


Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England (HEE), said: “I am delighted that all NHS maternity trusts have been awarded an allocation from the fund to progress their training and safety improvements, helping to make maternity services safer for mothers and babies, and enhance their care experience.”

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