19 / 10 / 2016 2.15pm
Health Education England has announced plans to distribute £8 million to support NHS maternity services.
The maternity safety training fund will support NHS trusts in England to use multi-disciplinary training to improve their maternity capability, safety and outcomes.
Trusts have been invited to apply for funding by 18 November and there will be at least £40,000 available for each trust.
This investment in training is part of a suite of new measures within the Department of Health’s Safer Maternity Care action plan, which was launched this week. The plan is part of a national ambition to halve rates of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or shortly after birth, by 2030. It has a particular focus on fostering a culture of transparency and learning.
As well as training incentives, the strategy encourages innovation and engagement with mothers and those supporting them to help them to understand how they can identify early warning signs and proactively contribute to better outcomes for their babies.