The Maternity Services team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded £80,000 from Health Education England’s (HEE) Maternity Safety Training Fund to pay for maternity safety training for Maternity staff that will be spent over 2017/2018.
The Trust will utilise the funding to implement further multi-disciplinary training packages for their staff, focusing on the key patient safety improvement areas of maternity team leadership, multi-professional team working and communication, human factors training, foetal monitoring, plus midwifery, obstetric and Cardiotocography (CTG) skills.
The Trust applied for the £8million Maternity Safety Training Fund (managed through the HEE, the NHS workforce strategy organisation for England) in October last year.
Caitlin Wilson, Consultant Midwife and Lead for Midwifery Education– Women’s Services at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Health Education England’s Maternity Safety Training Fund programme. This will enable us to provide valuable training to our staff. The primary concern of our maternity team is always the safety of the women and babies in our care, and we already run a wide range of courses offering training to support this. Our HEE funding will offer additional training opportunities for the maternity team to enhance the safe and effective care we already provide. We work continuously to provide high quality care to the mothers and babies who come to our hospital and birth centres, and look forward to showcasing improvements and sharing best practice with our colleagues across the NHS as the programme progresses.”
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust was one of 134 acute NHS trusts with maternity units, to receive funding for the training. The Trust has committed to key actions to improve safety, and will also be linking in with quality and safety improvement programmes and resources across the NHS.
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at HEE added: “The response from service providers and partners in applying to make maternity services safer through education and training has been excellent.
“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.”
Information about the funding is available at http://bit.ly/HEEMSTF.