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Mind the Gap

An Investigation into Maternity Training for Frontline Professionals Across the UK (2017/18)

Three in four baby deaths and injuries are preventable with different care [1][2]; however, the tragic human and financial consequences of this harm continue. For over two decades, successive reports that investigated avoidable instances of harm and death have recommended training for frontline staff in targeted areas as a key way to improve outcomes. This report has surveyed the national response to these recommendations and provides the most up-to-date picture of maternity training for healthcare professionals in the UK. The gaps that have been identified must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Mind the Gap (2016) – The Initial Request

In November 2015, Baby Lifeline sent out Freedom of Information requests to all trusts in England to gain a better understanding of training being offered by Trusts, including the governance, budget, training topics, and frequency, duration, assessment, and delivery of training. The report of this investigation was published in 2016 and, despite limitations in the completeness and consistency of data received, concluded that there was a significant lack of standardisation in the provision, funding and evaluation of training for frontline maternity professionals in England. Mind the Gap (2018) investigates in a more complete and robust way.

Download Mind the Gap 2016 here.

Download the Mind the Gap 2016 infographic here.

References

[1] Draper, E., Kurinczuk, J., and Kenyon, S. (Eds.) on behalf of MBRRACE-UK. (2017). MBRRACE-UK 2017 Perinatal Confidential Enquiry: Term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum-related neonatal death. Leicester: The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester.
[2] The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (2018). Each Baby Counts: Themed report on anaesthetic care, including lessons identified from Each Baby Counts babies born 2015 to 2017. London: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.