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Health Education England (HEE) has launched a £1m fund for maternity support worker education and training.
HEE is inviting local maternity services from the across the country to bid for funding to support the education, training and development of maternity support workers in their area.
Local maternity services can apply for up to £7,350 per maternity unit to cover the costs of scoping work, such as reviewing their current maternity support workforce and assessing training needs.
The HEE fund is designed to support the delivery of its new national competence, education, and career framework for maternity support workers.
Published in February 2019, the Maternity Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework is intended to provide “national job definitions and clarity” on the role.
This includes detailing the skills and competences required to do the role and the opportunities available for both individuals starting their career and for experienced staff who wish to advance.
The implementation of the framework is intended to ensure that maternity support workers will achieve a standardised level of education and competency required to carry out this vital role.
As a result, HEE said the role of the maternity support worker will then in turn become more defined and consistent across England, ensuring that women receive high quality care provision.
An electronic resource toolkit will also be developed to support the implementation, alongside a webinar which will take place on the 20 July 2020, said the national health education body.
It described the funding as a “one-off opportunity” to seek financial support for the first phase of the implementation of the maternity support worker framework, as part of the national roll out.
All funding will be allocated within the current financial year, according to HEE.