Funding will support improvements to patient care and safety 

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) has received £55,000 to deliver training to improve maternity safety.

The money was received from Health Education England’s Maternity Safety Training Fund programme, which has distributed over £8m across all Trusts with maternity services in England.

Yvonne Bailie, Education Lead for Women’s Services at LNWH, said: “We are very pleased to receive this money from Health Education England. It will be used to support the ongoing development of maternity staff at our hospitals and in the community.

“Our aim is to develop a workforce with the skills and knowledge to deliver safe and excellent care for all women and their families who choose to access maternity services at our Trust.”

Like every Trust receiving funding, LNWH has committed to key actions to improve safety, including developing maternity safety improvement plans to be approved and monitored by the Trust Board, and appointing maternity safety champions. Trusts will also be linking in with quality and safety improvement programmes and resources across the NHS.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England 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 its training and safety improvements, helping to make maternity services safer for mothers and babies, and enhance their care experience.”

Training programmes are due to be completed by March 2018 and Health Education England will commission an independent evaluation to assess how NHS Trusts have improved quality and safety within maternity services and the wider impact for mothers and babies, families, and the maternity workforce.