A series of investigations into maternity training for frontline professionals across the UK

Mind the Gap is an ongoing piece of research by Baby Lifeline, which investigates what training looks like for maternity professionals working in the NHS. The report focuses on training relating to themes in the causes of death and life-changing injuries for mothers and babies. 

Training for professionals in maternity remains a central recommendation to improve safety and make birth better, and yet there is no thorough national audit of the training undertaken by maternity professionals. Baby Lifeline hopes that these unique insights into training offer the evidence needed to enable the prioritisation and standardisation of training on the frontline, and to make pregnancy and births better and safer.

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This latest report explores what training looked like for the maternity services workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 2020 – March 2021). It reports how training is prioritised, attended, delivered and assessed. It also looks at how much money is spent on training, and where gaps exist in topics relating to avoidable harm and deaths. 

The report gives recommendations to improve training and impact on care.

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Mind the Gap 2018 investigated maternity training for frontline professionals across the UK  for the financial year 2017/18.

This report has surveyed the national response to these recommendations and provides the most up-to-date picture of maternity training for healthcare professionals in the UK. The gaps that have been identified must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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In November 2015, Baby Lifeline sent out Freedom of Information requests to all trusts in England to gain a better understanding of training being offered by Trusts, including the governance, budget, training topics, and frequency, duration, assessment, and delivery of training.