Maternity Unit is awarded £40,000 in Government funding

Maternity Unit is awarded £40,000 in Government funding
04 April 2017

THE Maternity Unit at Queen’s Hospital in Burton has been awarded an additional £40,000 in funding to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies.

Health Education England (HEE) has allocated the Maternity Safety Training grant from an £8m pot of money shared across acute Trusts in England with Maternity Units.

The funding will be used to deliver multi-disciplinary training to further boost safety for at the nationally recognised Maternity Unit at Queen’s Hospital.

The team is already leading the way and has been shortlisted for two prestigious accolades in recent months in the Patient Safety Awards and the Royal College of Midwives Awards.

Burton Hospitals will use the grant to focus on three key areas including fetal monitoring, team-working and communication, skills and drills.

The Trust, along with all of those that received funding, has committed to a range of actions in order to develop an improvement plan which will be approved and monitored by the Board.

It will also be appointing maternity safety ‘champions’. It will link in with quality and safety improvement programmes and resources across the NHS for the benefit of the local community.

Head of Midwifery Helen Hurst said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this additional funding which will help to support the excellent work that is being carried out at Queen’s Hospital’s Maternity Unit.

“We are always striving to find innovative ways to improve the vital service we offer to parents-to-be and strongly believe that additional training will help us with that commitment. The health, safety and wellbeing of our mothers and babies is of paramount importance to us and we are looking forward to building on the work that we already do on a daily basis to further support them, and each other, in the future.”

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at HEE said: “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.”

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