As a Maternity and Newborn Network, we are committed to supporting clinical excellence and professional development, enabling all staff to be prepared and empowered to positively impact and improve the quality of care they provide.

The Francis Report (2013) identified the importance of appropriate education, training and competencies for the registered and non registered workforce, to enable them to care effectively for patients and families. Patient centred care should be central to both pre-registration education and continual professional development (Willis Commission 2012)

The Southern West Midlands Maternity and Newborn Network (SWMMNN) develop and facilitate a variety of courses and study days for multi-disciplinary staff. These include University accredited courses such as Nursing the Surgical Neonate University accredited at level 6 and 7.

Our programme also includes in house study days such as Hot Topics Respiratory Difficulties and many others.

Our innovative Enhanced Communication Course has received a GOLD AWARD for its content and benefit to multidisciplinary staff from Health Education West Midlands. This course which is open to all staff, has been attended by medical, nursing, midwifery, support and administration staff all of whom have found this extremely beneficial.

HEE, Bournemouth University & Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal Operational Delivery Network have developed an avoidable term admissions e-learning package aimed at midwives, HCSW, neonatal nurses & junior doctors.

This package is free to use and can be accessed via the link below:


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Feedback from course participants include

“this training should be mandatory”

“this course has really made me think about the way I communicate with others”

“great in that it answered our questions we lead the day”

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