Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust has been awarded a share of £250,000 in government funding to invest in a project that will benefit mothers and their newborn babies.
The announcement follows Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt inviting NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts to submit bids for a share of the funding back in October, as part of a major drive to improve safety on maternity wards across the country.
A panel of experts were asked to assess bids based upon their creativity, cost effectiveness and potential for benefiting the wider health system.
The panel judged almost 100 applications, with Nottingham University NHS Trust one of 25 successful Trusts to receive a share of funding.
The Trust will receive £10,000 to fund a project which aims to explore the factors that lead to still birth. These factors will complement quantitative and measurable information gained through clinical evaluation and identify opportunities to improve safer care across the healthcare system.
If successful, judges believe this programme has the potential to benefit other maternity units, as part of a roll out across England.
The funding announcement comes as part of the government’s ambition to halve the rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 2030.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This government is committed to giving mums-to-be the safest maternity care in the world. In Nottingham it’s great to see that progress is being made, but there’s still work to do to reach our aim of halving the rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 2030.”
“I look forward to seeing the results of this innovative project and the positive impact on mothers and babies.”
Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, welcomed the funding announcement. She said:”The extra funding is great news. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for NUH and could make a huge difference in reducing the rate of stillbirths and provide better care to mothers and their babies.”