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Maternity training simulator to enhance patient care

26 June 2017

Health Care

Southend University Hospital’s Maternity Unit has been successful in its bid for Maternity Safety Training Funds from Health Education England (HEE).

The £53,400 awarded has been invested in an advanced training manikin which will enhance the care for women and their babies by providing ongoing specialist training for the multidisciplinary team.

Colleen Begg, Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology and Clinical Director for Women and Children's, said: "We are pleased to have secured this bid for Southend Maternity. This will provide the opportunity to enhance clinical practice by providing valuable multidisciplinary training within the clinical environment."

The manikin is a computerised simulator of a pregnant woman, which can be used to enact clinical scenarios including a variety of complications such as breech and instrumental births. This will give the multidisciplinary team the opportunity to practice real live skills and drills in real time and encourage team working.

Miss Mohamed, Consultant Obstetrician and Clinical Lead for the Central Delivery Suite, said: "This is particularly useful in helping teams to practice clinical scenarios they may come across in real life and work out how to best manage them in a safe environment. Through winning this bid, we are seeking to increase and improve multi-disciplinary training, focusing on human factors, teamwork and communication as well as knowledge and skills."

A multidisciplinary faculty is being established within the unit and this team of obstetricians, anaesthetists, midwives, nurses and health care assistants will be trained to use the simulator in emergency drills and other scenarios that commonly occur in clinical practice.

This team will be responsible for providing specific training for all maternity teams and will be undertaken in the simulation suite, which opened at the Trust a year ago. Storage of the simulator on the Maternity Unit will enable the multidisciplinary teams working together to practice skills and drills within their clinical environment on a monthly basis.

Kate Palmer, Lead Midwife for Quality and Innovation, explained why the manikin will make a big difference to those working on the maternity unit and also new mums to be.

She said: "The importance of everyone's role within the team can be clearly demonstrated in simulation and build the team's confidence, their understanding of each other's roles, enhance communication and build trust in each other. Most importantly it will continually enhance safety for women and their babies."

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at HEE said: "The response from service providers and partners inapplying 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."

Image l-r: Kate Palmer, Miss Mohamed and Deborah Stock, Practice Development Midwife