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Winning projects announced for latest round of Maternity Challenge Fund

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, which was set up last […]

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NHS England announces sites to test maternity services of the future

Chair of the Maternity Transformation Programme and Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Sarah-Jane Marsh has today announced seven local areas who will be taking forward the recommendations set out in Better Births. The Early Adopter sites, which have been carefully chosen by a selected panel, will test a range of […]

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New ratings published for mental health and maternity

NHS England has today published new ratings on mental health and maternity, highlighting where areas are performing really well, but also helping to identify where improvements can be made. As part of the new Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCGIAF) for 2016/17, an initial baseline rating of CCGs in six clinical priority areas is being […]

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Second round of funding aims to improve maternity services through patient feedback

Maternity services have today been invited to put forward proposals on innovative ways of using patient feedback to improve services and the winning entries could receive up to £50,000 to help get their project up and running. Maternity Challenge Fund’s second round projects will continue to look at ways to improve maternity services through patient […]

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NHS sets out plan to road test maternity services of the future

NHS England has today (21 July) laid out new plans to improve maternity services and is calling on local areas to road test new ways of working. The Maternity Transformation Programme has now identified nine working areas to take forward implementation of the recommendations set out in the report of the national maternity review, Better […]

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Sarah-Jane Marsh appointed Chair of NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme Board

Sarah-Jane Marsh, the Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been appointed by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens as the Chair of the new Maternity Transformation Programme Board. The National Maternity Review: Better Births, published earlier this year, set out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women […]

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NHS England announces new action to cut stillbirths

NHS England publishes new guidance that aims to reduce stillbirths in England. There are currently around 665,000 babies born in England each year, but there are over 3,000 stillbirths. Despite falling to its lowest rate in 20 years, one in every 200 babies is stillborn in the UK, more than double the rate of nations […]

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