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Funding Boost for Maternity Training

03 April 2017

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received £59,833 of funding to help further improve the safety of the care delivered to mothers and their babies in complex or emergency situations.

Health Education England (HEE) has allocated the funding as part of a nationwide training programme to improve maternity safety.

The funding will be used to implement multi-disciplinary training in key areas including maternity team leadership, human factors training, assessment of fetal growth, fetal monitoring of a baby’s heart in labour and managing obstetric emergencies in the community.

Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology Services Jayne Utting said: “We are thrilled to receive this funding which will help us implement training packages to make our maternity services even safer for mothers and their babies – and enhance their care experience. We have designed packages specifically for all of our staff from Midwifery Support Worker to Senior Consultant Obstetrician so everyone will benefit from this additional training.”

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at HEE said: “The response from service providers and partners in applying to make maternity services safer through education and training has been excellent, as well as the response from training providers to meet demand for course places.

 “I am delighted that the trust has 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.”

HEE is supporting the multi-professional training recommendations from the 2016 National Maternity Review report, which was conducted by Baroness Julia Cumberlege.

The Baroness opened upgraded maternity facilities at the James Paget University Hospital in 2015, which include larger rooms with en-suite bathrooms/showers, room to mobilise in labour using birthing balls and other equipment, and a birthing pool.

Last year, the department received Unicef’s Stage 3 Baby Friendly Accreditation for its work in promoting and supporting breastfeeding and strengthening mother-baby and family relationships. The hospital’s maternity service also achieved a rating of good across all of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) standards..

In total 134 acute trusts with maternity units across the country were allocated a share of £8 million of funding for the training, which focuses on the key patient safety improvement areas of maternity team leadership, multi-professional team working and communication, human factors training, fetal growth and monitoring, plus midwifery, obstetric and CTG skills and drills.

Every trust receiving funding has committed to key actions to improve safety, including developing maternity safety improvement plans to be approved and monitored by trust boards, and appointing maternity safety champions. Trusts will also be linking in with quality and safety improvement programmes and resources across the NHS.

Training programmes are due to be completed by March 2018 and HEE will commission an independent evaluation to assess how NHS trusts have improved quality and safety within maternity services and the wider impact for mothers and babies, families, and the maternity workforce

HEE has committed to ensure that training supports a culture of continuous learning and improvement in safe services, with a focus on reducing the rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternity deaths and other adverse outcomes such as sepsis and intrapartum brain injuries.

This funding supports the ambition to make NHS maternity services among the safest in the world and reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2030.

About HEE

HEE was established on 28 June 2012, working as a shadow Special Health Authority from 1 October 2012. It took on its full operational responsibilities from1 April 2013. It has five national functions:

-       providing national leadership on planning and developing the healthcare and public health workforce;

 -       promoting high quality education and training that is responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities, including responsibility for ensuring the effective delivery of important national functions such as medical trainee recruitment;

-       ensuring security of supply of the health and public health workforce;

-       appointing and supporting the development of LETBs; and

-       allocating and accounting for NHS education and training resources and the outcomes achieved.

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