Cash boost for Harrogate midwives

Cash boost for Harrogate midwives

Published at 7:03am 5th April 2017. (Updated at 9:59am 7th April 2017)

Mums-to-be are set to benefit from a funding boost at Harrogate District Hospital.

Midwives at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust have received £40,000 from Health Education England to support the development of a new programme of multidisciplinary training in Maternity Services.

The trust says the training will help improve safety, and focus on a number of areas including emergency skills and perinatal mental health. 

Health Education England’s Maternity Safety Training Fund programme has distributed over £8m across all NHS trusts with maternity services in England, to deliver training to improve maternity safety.

Kathy McClune, Professional Development Midwife at HDFT, said: “We are committed to delivering high quality, safe care to the mothers and babies in our care. This financial award will enable us to provide staff with extra training above what they already receive. Staff will be able to attend a variety of training events including emergency skills training, leadership and teamwork workshops and a conference on breech birth.

“Our focus is very much on working together and we are particularly excited to be bringing midwives, obstetricians and GPs together in June for a training day on perinatal mental health.”

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, HEE 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.”

Training programmes are due to be completed by March 2018.