The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has received £70,176 as part of a national scheme designed to make improvements to maternity safety.
The additional funding has come from Health Education England (HEE) which has distributed £8million across all NHS Trusts with maternity services in England to deliver training to improve safety.
Samantha Fleming, Practice Development Midwife said: “We are delighted that our bid for funding was successful. The primary concern of the midwifery 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.
“The new funding will allow us to provide additional safety training to a wide variety of staff involved in maternity care. So far, we have over 160 members of the multi-disciplinary team, including ward clerks, doctors, midwives and anaesthetists booked on to workshops that will cover topics such as advanced fetal monitoring, communication and team working, and maternal critical care. We will also be buying some new training equipment to supplement our current establishment.”
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.”
To receive the funding the team committed to meeting a number of core requirements, these include the appointment of obstetric and maternity safety champions with a direct link from frontline to board level, to take part in the National Maternity Quality Improvement programme - once available, and to report into the maternity services data set and other key data sets by 2018.
Samantha concluded: “We work continuously to provide high quality care to the mothers and babies who come to the Royal Berks, and look forward to showcasing improvements and sharing best practice with our colleagues across the NHS as the programme progresses, in line with the 2016 National Maternity Review report: 'Better Births – Improving outcomes for maternity services in England'.”