Maternity Training with Health Education England

Maternity Training with Health Education England

04 Apr 2017

Pictured: Mother & Baby

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Whittington Health are excited to announce their successful Bid for funding from Health Education England’s (HEE)  Maternity Safety Training Fund programme, which has distributed over £8m across all NHS trusts with maternity services in England, to deliver training to improve maternity safety.
We are one of 136 NHS trusts, who have now received funding to implement packages of multi-disciplinary training to the sum of £59270, focussing on the key patient safety improvement areas of maternity team leadership, multi-professional team working and communication, human factors training, fetal growth and monitoring with two midwifery places for third trimester scanning courses, PROMPT 3 train the trainer, high risk and low risk skills and drills courses and CTG masterclasses. Our multidisciplinary team have already started to attend these training days and they have been well received.
Working with the national Maternity Transformation Programme partners, HEE is supporting the multi-professional training recommendations from the 2016 National Maternity Review report: 'Better Births – Improving outcomes for maternity services in England' and ensuring maternity safety education and training materials are available for maternity units across England.
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.
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at HEE 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.
“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.”
The full list of awardees can be viewed at
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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