23 December 2016
NUH awarded funding for project to save babies’ lives
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
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."