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Maternity training gets more than £50,000 at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Neonatal advanced life support is one of the vital maternity areas that will improve through new training funding of £50,333. The money comes from Health Education England's Maternity Safety Training Fund programme

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Areas that will benefit from the funding are Resilience Training, Childbirth Emergencies in the Community and a Labour Ward Leaders course, for more than 100 staff.

Courses will be run by recognised organisations such as the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Baby Lifeline, and Global Air Training. They are designed to increase safety and improve outcomes for the women who give birth in the unit and wider community. Staff who will be trained include midwives, obstetricians, obstetric nurses and anaesthetists.

Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive, Professor Nancy Fontaine said, "We welcome this funding, which will help to further improve our Trust's outstanding maternity department."

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

The training will run throughout the financial year April 2017-March 2018.

The Maternity Safety Training Fund programme has distributed more than £8m across all NHS trusts with maternity services in England, to deliver training to improve maternity safety. One hundred and thirty six NHS trusts, including all 134 acute trusts with maternity units, have received funding to implement packages of multi-disciplinary training. It will focus on the key patient safety improvement areas of maternity team leadership, multi-professional team working and communication, human factors training, fetal growth and monitoring, plus midwifery, obstetric and CTG (Cardiotocography) skills and drills.