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England launches eLearning module to support clinicians working within maternity services

The module is essential for clinicians seeking innovative ways to achieve the National Maternity Safety Ambition, says NHS Resolution

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NHS Resolution, an arm’s length body of the Department of Health and Social Care, has launched an eLearning module aimed at supporting clinicians working within maternity services.

The module, developed in collaboration with clinicians and academics from Staffordshire University and London South Bank University, focuses on learning from the significant avoidable harm that can occur during the antenatal and postnatal care of mothers and their babies and is seen in the cases notified to its Early Notification Scheme.

Hosted on the platform Learning Hub, the new learning resource uses three illustrative case stories to “immerse” learners into the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care provided to mothers and the neonatal care provided to their babies.

By navigating the module’s content, NHS Resolution says learners will deepen their understanding of the authority’s role within the healthcare system, develop their understanding of the law of negligence as applied to clinical claims and explore how clinical decisions and actions can lead to avoidable harm.

“Our unique collaboration with our academic partner has enabled us to develop this very innovative learning resource to support our aim in sharing direct learning from our Early Notification cases to support prevention of harm in maternity care which so significantly impacts on parents and families’ experience,” said Dr Denise Chaffer, director of safety and learning at NHS Resolution.

“We have jointly developed a valuable tool to support maternity staff and their colleagues in enhancing their understanding and drive improvements in safety in maternity services.

“This module offers a unique opportunity to gain direct insights from NHS Resolution, focusing on learning from harm and sharing a platform for direct learning from Early Notification cases,” she continued.

“It introduces an innovative approach that takes clinicians on a comprehensive journey through a maternity case, from the incident itself to the legal process, fostering personal reflection and facilitating flexible and complimentary learning alongside face-to-face education and training.”

Naomi Assame, head of safety and learning at NHS Resolution, said: “Maternity is a key priority for NHS Resolution, and this module is a great learning tool to support learners to explore how clinical decisions impact on the quality and safety of maternity care provided, and how the law of negligence applies to clinical claims and decisions.”

Dr Alex Crowe, deputy director of safety and learning at NHS Resolution, added: “The eLearning module is testament to multiple organisations collaborating together and synergising their skills to provide such an innovative learning product for such an important clinical service.”

Dr Sarahjane Jones, Professor of Healthcare Safety and Performance at Staffordshire University, said Staffordshire University is committed to working collaboratively with organisations such as NHS Resolution to improve maternity outcomes and support the National Maternity Safety Ambition.

She added: “We are a catalyst for change, accelerating the transformation of the health workforce using immersive technology and advanced teaching.

“Our maternity, pedagogical and simulation expertise has supported the development of this immersive eLearning module which will support those involved in the delivery of maternity services to learn from harm.”

Professor Alison Leary, chair of healthcare and workforce modelling at London South Bank University, said: “We were delighted to support this innovative safety initiative with NHS Resolution to implement evidence informed learning.

“Collaboration for safety is increasingly important and many safety issues are complex and reflective learning is one way of supporting safe practices.”

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Start-up raises US4.2m to address disparities in women’s mental health

LunaJoy Health seeks to address the complex needs of high-risk women

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LunaJoy Health co-founders Sipra Laddha, MD and Shama Rathi, MD

The US telehealth start-up LunaJoy Health has raised US$4.2m in funding to address disparities in women’s mental health.

LunaJoy aims to eliminate inequalities in mental health and “redesign” the way women access care.

The platform, which offers mental health therapy, counselling and medication management, is developing care models that cater to underserved populations, providing care that seeks to address the complex needs of high-risk women.

The funding round, supported by Y Combinator, FoundersX Fund, Goodwater Capital, Magic Fund, VentureSouq, Nurture Ventures and NorthSouth Ventures, is hoped to help the company expand its capabilities and close disparities in maternal health care.

“The support from our investors, coupled with the current focus on maternal health improvements through TMaH funding, sets the stage for the change we need to see so badly across the industry,” said Sipra Laddha, co-founder and CEO of LunaJoy Health.

Mental health is a lifetime pursuit, and we want to design a way to engage and support women with a variety of needs and varying degrees of risk.

“By using technology, we can measure and treat symptoms more effectively, delivering a better service model to meet rising demand and a shortage of therapists in the US.”

This financial and strategic support, Laddha said, will help LunaJoy roll out its “novel” integrated care programme, LunaCare, across select communities in need of maternal mental health.

The investment will also facilitate the integration of advanced technology solutions to enhance care coordination and patient monitoring.

Surbhi Sarna, partner at Y Combinator, said: “LunaJoy Health’s mission to bring a new standard to maternal health care for Medicaid mothers aligns perfectly with our goal of supporting scalable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

“We are proud to back such a vital initiative that promises significant impact.”

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New survey to ‘amplify’ marginalised voices in healthcare decision-making

UK charities enter partnership to address gender gap and advocate for inclusive healthcare policies

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The gynaecological health charity Cysters and Endometriosis UK have announced a partnership to amplify women’s voice in healthcare decision-making.

Despite progress in healthcare data collection, there remains a gap in representing the experiences of marginalised groups, particularly for those impacted by conditions and diseases like endometriosis.

Decision-makers in Parliament and the NHS often rely on data and statistics to inform policy and resource allocation. However, these datasets may not accurately reflect the experiences of marginalised communities.

A recent report from Endometriosis UK that gathered data on the experiences of being diagnosed with endometriosis in the UK found that whilst the ethnicity of respondents who identified as ‘white’ was proportionate to the data collected in the Census 2021, the remaining data was not illustrative of the ethnic diversity of the UK, with 15 per cent of respondents choosing not to respond to the ethnicity question.

To address this gap and advocate for inclusive healthcare policies, Cysters and Endometriosis UK are launching a new survey initiative aimed at amplifying the voices of marginalised groups in healthcare decision-making.

“We know that the current statistics are not inclusive of all communities, particularly marginalised groups,” said Neelam Heera-Shergill, founder of Cysters.

“By encouraging those from marginalised communities to share their experiences through this survey, they will be helping us to advocate for the changes that are needed, backed by evidence from their communities.

“In addition to delving into the diagnosis journey for people of colour and the unique barriers they encounter. We aim for this research and findings to pave the way for additional funded research on all menstrual-related conditions affecting people of colour.”

The survey seeks to gather insights into the experiences of marginalised communities, particularly concerning conditions and diseases like endometriosis.

Participants are encouraged to share their experiences openly and honestly, knowing that their responses will contribute to shaping more inclusive healthcare policies.

Sarah Harris, a researcher at Cysters, said: “We urge everyone to participate in this survey and share it far and wide. Together, we can ensure that all voices are considered in the conversation surrounding healthcare policy and resource allocation.”

The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To participate, visit Delayed Diagnosis of Endometriosis Among People of Colour in the UK Survey.

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Menstrual care start-up launches period equity initiative across college campuses

The initiative is hoped to facilitate access to period care and educate students on the use of more sustainable products

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Cherie Hoeger, founder and CEO of Saalt

The US menstrual care start-up Saalt has launched a new initiative aimed at addressing period poverty and environmental sustainability.

The Period Equity Initiative aims to reduce 100 million tampons from the environment while combatting period poverty.

Institutions, including Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, the University of Utah and the University of Nebraska, are already participating in the programme.

One in five female college students in the US have had to decide between buying period products and paying for other basic essentials like food and other bills according to a nationwide survey.

The initiative, a direct response to the demand for more units for student populations, underscores the issue of period poverty, which affects students across America, challenging the misconception that it is solely an “overseas problem”.

Saalt aims to make period care accessible and affordable through the subsidisation of reusable period products, such as cups, discs, and period underwear, to participating universities and their campus affiliates.

The project is hoped to not only facilitate access to period care, but also educate students on the use of more sustainable products, which are designed to be reused rather than discarded.

“Every day we hear from customers about how life-changing Saalt cups are for them,” said Cherie Hoeger, founder and CEO of Saalt.

“Creating period equity and managing the environmental impact created by disposables are pressing matters that demand urgent attention and innovative solutions.

“Through our Period Equity Initiative, we’re taking a proactive approach to tackle these challenges by leveraging our expertise and aligning with universities across America to make a big impact closer to home.”

The Period Equity Initiative, Hoeger added, furthers Saalt’s commitment to making period care more affordable, accessible and sustainable.

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