A key recommendation of Better Births was that NHS England should: “seek volunteer localities to act as early adopters” to harness enthusiasm for change and test the model of care described in the report.
Through a network of support coordinated by the Maternity Transformation Programme, the Early Adopters are now taking forward the implementation of the vision in Better Births, going further and faster, and routinely share the learning from their experiences.
Find out more here.
Health Education England Maternity Programme Update - March 2021
The latest maternity programme update can be accessed here.
Saving Babies’ Lives e-learning programme
This programme has been developed to support the delivery of the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle Version Two (SBLCBv2) in maternity units across the NHS.
The second version of the care bundle brings together five elements of care that are widely recognised as evidence-based and/or best practice, these are:
- Reducing smoking in pregnancy
- Risk assessment, prevention and surveillance of pregnancies at risk of fetal growth restriction (FGR)
- Raising awareness of reduced fetal movement (RFM)
- Effective fetal monitoring during labour
- Reducing preterm birth
The programme is aimed at midwives and obstetricians and is free to access on e-Learning for Healthcare here .
Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)
FSRH training and membership is open to RCM registered midwives.
As a midwife delivering contraceptive advice and information to women, you are in the unique position of being one of the first healthcare professionals that a woman might see at key points in her sexual and reproductive healthcare.
The FSRH has a range of qualifications and training in sexual and reproductive health and contraceptive care, further information is available here .
Perinatal Mental Health Courses
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has a new Digital Academy which has developed two new Perinatal Mental Health Courses.
These online courses, designed by Clinical Experts and developed in line with the Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework, are aimed at both mental health practitioner in non-specialist services; and non-mental health practitioners such as:
- Midwives and Maternity Support Workers
- Health Visitors and other Practitioners within Social Care
- Social Workers and other Practitioners within Social Care
- Children's Centre and Early Years Practitioners
- Nursery Nurses
- Third Sector Volunteers and Practitioners
- Peer Support Workers.
5 hours of self-directed learning - 4 weeks access (start any time) - Cost: £69. The course introduces perinatal mental health disorders and their associated risks - building awareness in order to improve the care of women and families in the perinatal period.
20 hour course - includes live elements and runs monthly - 8 weeks access - Cost: £499. The course takes a more in-depth look at some of the most prevalent forms of perinatal mental illness - examining contributing factors, associated risks, care and treatment.
Reverse Mentoring Programme at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Organisational Development and Improvement Learning (ODIL) team have, as part of the Reverse Mentoring Programme, opportunities for staff from minority ethnic backgrounds to share lived experience in a confidential mentoring relationship with a Senior Manager. This will enable development at both individual and organisational levels; sharing experiences to shape our culture.
Staff can contact the ODIL team by visiting the 'Learning Hub' and typing 'Organisational Development and Improvement Learning' into the course search bar.