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Hospital Awarded £80,000 For Maternity Training

Maternity Training Fund
Maternity staff in the School of Nursing's Skills Laboratory

10 April 2017

The maternity service at Leighton Hospital has been awarded £80,000 for training that will further enhance the safety of care local women and their families receive.

The Crewe-based hospital, which is managed by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), is one of 136 NHS organisations to receive money from Health Education England’s Maternity Safety Training Fund.

It will be used to provide additional training for all midwives at the hospital, as well as doctors and maternity support workers, and to purchase an advanced maternal and neonatal birthing simulator.

The simulator, known as ‘Noelle’, will help prepare staff and students for complex cases and also help with team building, communication skills and multi-disciplinary teaching and training.

Elizabeth Nocton, Workforce Development Lead for the Women’s and Children’s Division, said: “We provide care for women and their families from the start of their pregnancy through to birth and beyond and are committed to delivering high quality and safe care at every stage.

“We’re delighted to receive this investment as it will allow us to provide staff with further training so that we can improve our award-winning services even more.”

As part of the investment, all of the hospital’s midwives will gain accreditation as a Newborn Life Support Provider by attending a nationally recognised Resuscitation Council (UK) course. 

This training provides clear theoretical and practical instruction in the management of resuscitation at birth and will ensure all babies born at MCHFT receive the best care possible.

The £80,000 is just part of an £8m fund that has been distributed across NHS Trusts with maternity services in England.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Health Education England’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.

“Thank you to all applicants and regional experts who worked hard to prepare and assess training plans. I am delighted that all NHS maternity trusts have 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.”

MCHFT’s training programme is due to be completed by March 2018 and the Trust will be assessed on how it has improved quality and safety within maternity services.