New charity funding has been awarded to provide research training grants for midwives and nurses to improve care.
The Burdett Trust for Nursing has awarded £150,000 to one of the UK’s leading medical research charity into women’s reproductive health.
“It is only through research that care of mothers and babies can be evidence based”
The money will allow Wellbeing of Women to continue funding midwives and nurses carrying out research to improve maternal care for women and babies.
Working in partnership with the trust and the Royal College of Midwives, the charity has established a research midwives programme that offers the opportunity to pursue clinical academic careers.
The programme allows recipients to develop skills and expertise to conduct and lead research alongside their designated clinical roles, noted Wellbeing of Women.
It highlighted that the awards were “vital”, as midwives and nurses who engaged in research could help to shape midwifery and nursing practice and train future generations of health workers.
“These grants help shape the future of the profession and improve the maternal care for women and babies”
Professor Sara Kenyon, a member of charity’s research advisory committee, said: “Ongoing research and education for nurses and midwives is vital if they are to keep their practice up to date.
“It is only through research that care of mothers and babies can be evidence based and that midwives can improve care and take midwifery and nursing forwards,” she said.
Tina Weaver, chief executive of Wellbeing of Women, added: “These grants would not be possible without the tremendous generosity and support from the Burdett Trust for Nursing.”
Shirley Baines, chief executive of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, said she was “delighted to continue support” for Wellbeing of Women’s research midwives programme.
“These grants help shape the future of the profession and improve the maternal care for women and babies, while allowing midwives and nurses to pursue clinical academic careers,” she said.