Mind the Gap 2021 - Launch Webinar

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We were delighted to be joined online by hundreds of health professionals on the launch day of our Mind the Gap 2021 report

The webinar was Chaired by Dr Bill Kirkup, an Honorary President of Baby Lifeline and Chair of several independent investigations into poor care in maternity services. 

Dr Kirkup started the webinar by saying that “maternity services are having a tough time at the moment, probably as tough as I can remember[…]effective training is more important than it’s ever been, but it’s also more difficult… so I think that this report[…] is particularly important and particularly timely“.

Sara Ledger, principal author of the Mind the Gap 2021 report, and Head of Research and Development, then went through the key findings and messages from the report. The report shows that there are detrimental gaps in the training being delivered, and calls for more support for the frontline to deliver this training. 

The aim of the webinar, apart from to introduce the report’s key messages, was to share innovation and best practice with maternity teams, especially in relation to the main barriers that were identified.

Sandra Igwe, a member of our Family Voices Group and also Founder of The Motherhood Group shared experiences and important points when co-producing training that include mothers and birthing people. She spoke particularly from the perspective of the Black community: “There is already a wealth of evidence around racial disparities in outcomes, but we have to understand the stories behind those.”

We were delighted to be joined by Sascha Wells-Munro, who is the Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for NHS England, to introduce the national perspective for training innovation and support: “We are working hard to support the multidisciplinary team to undertake robust maternity education and training but we need increased funding and we need to account for backfill”.

Alison Talbot, Director of Midwifery at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, gave an inspirational talk about the ways in which the trust overcame ever-changing training hurdles during the pandemic. Training strategies have resulted in reduction in sickness, reduction in work-related stress, improved performance in skills, and excellent feedback from staff.

We finally heard from Dr Kirsty MacLennan, who took us through the importance of and how to optimise multi-professional learning. She gave tips for reducing costs associated with simulation training, and ways of protecting and maximise time in multi-professional groups. “Make multi-professional training and simulation the norm in your training!”