Fife midwives will have new chances to gain nursing experience and learn new skills through attending conferences and visiting other maternity units.
A new fund, called the Midwives Travel Fellowship, is being set up by NHS Fife, supported by the PiggybankKids charity, which works hard to give children the best possible chance of living a healthy and happy life in the UK.
The fund aims to support midwives and neonatal nurses to visit other maternity units and attend conferences in the UK in order to learn new skills and clinical practices which will benefit the mothers, babies and new families of Fife.
The money for the fellowship has come from the Jennifer Brown Research Fund Fife Appeal which was wound up last month.
It was established by Sarah Brown in 2002 in memory of the little daughter the Browns lost just 10 days after her birth to fund a host of innovative projects ranging from a ground-breaking granny school to help for drug-abusing mothers.
Sarah Brown, who is president of PiggybankKids, said: “PiggyBankKids has always been a strong supporter of the work of the midwives, nurses and doctors who serve families in Fife.
‘‘This exciting new fund will allow the midwives to learn new skills, practice and share experiences with other professionals from further afield.
“PiggyBankKds is proud to have made the opening donation to establish this travelling fund for midwives and neonatal nurses.”
Cath Cummings, clinical midwifery and nursing services manager with NHS Fife, said: “The Jennifer Brown Research Fund Fife Appeal was wound up last month but we decided we would like to continue fundraising to enable midwives to study and learn new skills and practices.
“Our midwives don’t really get the opportunities to attend conferences etc - as we normally have to do all the fundraising for them ourselves.
‘‘This will be a good way of using the money to allow them to have the chance to do these things.
‘‘By using the funding we could potentially support three midwives to attend a conference and when they come back they would present to staff and share their learning with the other midwives.”
She added that bids for funding would go to a committee which would then decide on each application.