Larbert hospital staff learn from TV experts

Forth Valley Royal hosted key training session
Forth Valley Royal hosted key training session

A course for Forth Valley Royal Hospital maternity staff was hosted by midwives and doctors who star in the hit television show ’One Born Every Minute’.

The team from Bristol used the state-of-the-art training centre at Larbert to show colleagues how to manage obstetric emergencies and make childbirth even safer for mothers and babies.

The course, co-ordinated by the PROMPT Maternity Foundation charity, involved staff from Forth Valley, Elgin, Borders and Ayrshire NHS Boards and was aimed at reducing preventable harm to mothers and their babies by improving awareness through effective training.

Following its success in Bristol, PROMPT training has been rolled out to 70 per cent of maternity units in England. The Scottish Government has now provided funding to introduce it into Scottish hospitals to find out if a multi-professional training programme is clinically effective across a health service.

Consultant obstetrician Professor Tim Draycott, who leads the team, said: “The aim is to train all staff involved in maternity care so they can work better together during emergencies. In maternity there is no point in looking at performance on an individual basis - it’s a team effort and training should reflect that.”

Cathy Winter, lead research midwife with PROMPT, said: “Maternity staff undertake training each year so that they are up to date with managing rare obstetric emergencies but we have found training in a multi-professional team rather than as individuals prepares them for real life situations.”