Health News | Financial Boost for Local Maternity Services | Andover & VillagesHAMPSHIRE Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded more than £65,000 to fund training in its maternity department.

Obstetricians, midwives and other members of maternity team will benefit from a £65,240 grant from Health Education England (HEE), with sessions to be carried out in areas including fetal monitoring of a baby’s heart in labour, leadership, teamworking and communications.

Janice Mackenzie, Associate Director of Midwifery and Women’s Health at Hampshire Hospitals, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital, said: “We are really grateful to Health Education England for this grant, which will be used to fund additional training and ensure that we are able to offer the best possible service to mothers across Hampshire.”

Health Education England’s Maternity Safety Training Fund programme has distributed over £8million across England to deliver training to improve quality and safety in maternity departments.

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.”

Training programmes are due to be completed by March 2018 and HEE 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.

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