Investing in the future: a clinical training programme for miscarriage

Tommy’s are helping to train the carers of the future, so that we can continue giving women the best pregnancy care possible.
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    Siobhan Quenby, Manjeet Shehmar, Tom Bourne

Start: 2016

End: 2021

Why do we need this research?

Women who experience a miscarriage can receive varying treatment and support depending on where they live. It can also take a long time for new developments in care to reach patients. We want to change this, so that everyone receives the best support after suffering a miscarriage.

What’s happening in this project?

At Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, we want to invest in the future of miscarriage care and research. That is why the centre is supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals through training, to ensure that care gets better and better.            

The team have pledged to train and mentor at least 20 midwives and 5 junior doctors by 2021. They will also provide continued medical education to NHS colleagues involved in early pregnancy care.

The training package the team hope to implement for NHS colleagues includes:

  • Training in how to set up and run clinical trials;
  • Specialist training in early pregnancy care, which they hope to be accredited by the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology;
  • Advanced training for nurses in early pregnancy care; and
  • Professional training in early pregnancy scanning and handling sensitive conversations.

What difference will this project make?

This project will help to implement a training curriculum for the healthcare leaders of the future. This will mean they can continue to give people the best possible care during early pregnancy and following a miscarriage.

Thanks for your interest in our research

Tommy's funds research across the UK investigating the reasons for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We can keep you updated on ways you can support our work. If you would like to join our fight against baby loss and premature birth, click here.