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Maternity Challenge Fund winners announced

17 March, 2017

Maternity Challenge Fund winners announced

Three projects are each being awarded £50,000 by NHS England to explore innovative ways to use women's and their partners' feedback to improve maternity services.

A judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the winners from almost 50 applications for support from the Maternity Challenge Fund.

This was set up last year to encourage new approaches to using feedback to drive improvement in the experiences of women and their families while they are receiving maternity care.

The winning trusts are: Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust; and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Health Minister Philip Dunne said: ‘This year's winners all showcased innovative ideas which have the potential to benefit women and their partners across the country and also help us to achieve our ambition of halving the rates of stillbirth, neonatal and maternal deaths by 2030 – making the NHS the safest place in the world to have a baby.’

The Maternity Challenge Fund last year supported projects by the maternity teams at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Results from those completed initiatives are being made ready for sharing later in the month with other services around the country who are interested in them. 

The emphasis for this second round is on projects that continue to focus on service improvement, but also address one of the following areas of potential use for patient feedback in any service.

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