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The Government is committed to reducing the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2030.


The Maternity Transformation Programme (MTP) led by NHS England is delivering the Better Births vision of improving maternity care in England, through nine workstreams.

HEE is leading on workstream 5 (Transforming the Workforce) to help shape the future maternity workforce so it can implement the workforce requirements outlined in Better Births and support new models of care. 

HEE is also supporting workstream 2 (Promoting good practice for safer care) led by NHS Improvement to help deliver the government’s ambition to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and intrapartum brain injuries in babies in England by 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2025, to ensure England is one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.


Take a look at our journey so far:


More about our maternity work:

In 2016, HEE distributed over £8.1 million of Department of Health Funding to 136 NHS Trusts across England to deliver training to improve maternity safety across a variety of key areas. All trusts provided funding committed to key actions to improve safety including developing maternity safety improvement plans and appointing maternity safety champions.

As a result of the MSTF, over 30,000 training places were delivered across multi-professional teams in England.

An independent evaluation commissioned by HEE and carried out by the University of Cumbria to assess the impacts and outcomes of training has been produced and findings will be presented at a sharing and learning event in February.

The evaluation found that maternity safety training has impacted on everyday practice through: increasing confidence and empowering the maternity staff; enhancing skills, knowledge and awareness; improving multi-professional working and communication; improving patient safety; and encouraging cultural change.

An independent evaluation of the fund can be downloaded from this page.



The HEE Maternity Programme e-LfH Guide is designed to provide an overview of all of the e-learning packages that are related to Maternity and Pregnancy. There are a broad range of programmes, modules and individual courses available. View the HEE Maternity Programme e-LfH Guide.

We have also produced in collaboration with Public Health England, The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and ourselves e-learning on smoking in pregnancy.  This e-learning programme focuses on the delivery of very brief advice (VBA) on smoking to pregnant women, including carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring.

The first two sessions of the new National Bereavement Care Pathway: Supporting Parents for Pregnancy and Neonatal Loss e-learning programme are now available. The training programme has been written to share the elements of good bereavement care.  It is being delivered by e-LfH’s team in partnership with Sands and a collaboration of other charities, professional organisations and people with first-hand experience of bereavement.


Maternity support workers (MSWs) are an integral part of the maternity workforce and play an important role in supporting midwives and the wider maternity teams, mothers and their babies through pregnancy, labour and during the postnatal period.  However, within the current workforce, the roles, responsibilities and job titles of MSWs in England vary widely. Take a look at our work around the role of the Maternity support worker. 

As part of Supported Return to Training, Health Education England (HEE) provided a grant to the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (RCOG) to create a Return to Work Toolkit.

This is aimed at supporting O&G doctors, and their supervisors, who are returning to clinical practice and to promote a supportive and high quality learning environment.

Access the toolkit here.