Bridgewater’s Halton Midwifery Service has received £25,000 from Health Education England’s (HEE) £8 million Maternity Safety Training Fund programme.
The programme will fund in-house training to further improve maternity safety and the skills and expertise of local midwives.
Bridgewater was one of 136 NHS trusts to receive the funding to implement training packages focussing on key patient safety improvement areas such as maternity team leadership, multi-professional team working and communication, human factors training, fetal growth and monitoring, plus midwifery, obstetric and cardiotocograph skills and drills.
Corina Casey-Hardman, Head of Midwifery at Bridgewater said:
“Our service is delighted to receive this package of funding. All our staff are committed to delivering high quality care to all the mothers and babies we care for in Runcorn and Widnes. As a Trust, we already provide an excellent standard of training for our staff but this funding will allow us to deliver even more advanced and specialist training so our midwives can recognise any deviations in fetal growth. The training will also enable three of our midwives to be trained to provide scans in the community.
“As part of the programme we will also be sharing good practice, safety and learning with the other NHS trusts involved, programme partners and directly with the Health Education England.”
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, HEE’s Director of Nursing said:
“Trusts were invited to apply for funding in 2016 and 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.”
Bridgewater, along with other trusts receiving the 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. Bridgewater 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, including Bridgewater, have improved quality and safety within maternity services and the wider impact for mothers and babies, families, and the maternity workforce.
The funding from HEE 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.