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A new multi-professional programme – PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) – has been launched within NHS Wales to dignitaries at the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.

PROMPT is a multi-professional training programme which is run in a cascade training format, with Train-the-Trainer sessions, and local teams training together in the services where they work. Key drivers behind the programme include NHS Wales Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, and Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Jean White CBE, who were guest speakers at the launch.

Jean White said, ‘I am delighted to recognise the formal launch of PROMPT Wales which unites members of the multi-professional teams within maternity services. PROMPT Wales will improve safe outcomes for mothers and babies through multi-professional training in obstetric emergencies throughout the NHS in Wales.’

Successful pilots of PROMPT training have been undertaken in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Aneurin Bevan, and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Boards. Following a review of all available options, the Wales Maternity Network has recommended that PROMPT training should now be rolled out across NHS Wales.

The Welsh Risk Pool, in collaboration with the Wales Maternity Network, will co-ordinate the development and support of training to teams based within each health board, support the inclusion of NHS Wales strategies into the training material, and monitor the uptake and engagement through its forum meetings.

The Wales Maternity Network believes that PROMPT Wales will enhance situational awareness, human factors, and will change the culture within maternity settings. The PROMPT Maternity Foundation will provide support to Wales to help embed the delivery of training into daily practice, therefore making it sustainable and right for Wales.

Sarah Hookes, National Lead Midwife PROMPT Wales, said, ‘PROMPT Wales is collaborating with the seven health boards across Wales, enhancing multi-professional relationships by learning and training together. PROMPT Wales focuses on improving teamwork and communication, both of which are associated with improvements in safety and the birth experience.’

Sian Bowcott, University of South Wales Midwifery Lecturer, and PROMPT trainer, added, ‘This is an innovative form of training developed for users to enhance the skills in dealing with obstetric emergencies as a team.

‘The training across the country will enhance staff’s knowledge, and University of South Wales will use the techniques to train the student midwives to ensure parity across Wales.

‘Students from the university will also be encouraged to attend the local trust PROMPT days to facilitate learning.’

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