NHS Trusts and Foundations can now apply for funding for projects that aim to improve maternity safety.
The Department of Health set up the £250,000 maternity safety innovation fund for cost effective solutions to increase safety across NHS maternity units.
The initiative was announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as part of 10 key actions under the ‘Safer Maternity Care: Next steps towards the national maternity ambition’.
The Government is seeking contributions from midwives and allied health professionals to come up with innovative ideas that could eventually be rolled out across the country.
To be eligible, applicants must supply answers to the following:
- Project summary
- Value of the bid
- What does the innovation address?
- What is the proposed delivery plan?
- Description of criteria for success
- Who are the partnership and delivery team?
- What is the strategy for sustainability and potential to scale?
- Confirmation that the funding will be spent before the end of the current financial year
- Name and contact details of the lead applicant and a secondary contact
Out of the total £250,000 fund, the minimum award is £1,000 per project. While there is no upper limit, it is expected that projects will cost no more than £10,000.
Examples of the types of projects that are eligible include innovative digital tools to support women and families making decisions on their care and multi-disciplinary training for providers.
NHS Trusts and Foundations can apply for funding through a application form process which can be found on the Government website, along with guidance on how to submit it.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 18 November 2016.
Applicants can expect to receive the outcome of their application within the week commencing 12 December 2016.
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