Midwives receiving less training in key areas of safety and equality, new report warns

A report from the charity Baby Lifeline, says that across England midwives are still not receiving enough essential safety training with the pandemic leaving hospitals delivering less training than three years ago.

The report, based on an investigation of 124 NHS trusts in England, found nine in 10 units had training affected by the pandemic with staff shortages named as a major factor in preventing workers from taking time out for learning. This was cited by 72 per cent of units as a problem.

The average spend on maternity training was significantly lower in 2020-21 at £34,290 compared to £59,873 in 2017-18, with NHS trusts delivering less training to staff than they did in 2017-18.

Full story in The Independent, 23 November 2021