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Competition 20 – Health Inequalities in Maternity Care

Competition has now closed

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Competition timeline

  1. Phase 1 - Competition Launch
    23 May 2022
  2. Phase 1 - Briefing event
    24 May 2022 11:00 am
  3. Phase 1 - Deadline to Apply
    06 July 2022
  4. Phase 1 - Panel
    September 2022
  5. Phase 2 - Launch
    10 July 2023
  6. Phase 2 - Webinar
    18 July 2023
  7. Phase 2 - Deadline to Apply
    11 August 2023
  8. Phase 2 - Panel
    September 2023

While the UK remains a comparatively safe place to give birth, maternity care is challenged by growing health inequalities, with women from minority ethnic groups and those living in the most socially deprived areas more likely to experience adverse outcomes of pregnancy.

Women from ethnic minority groups are more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth and are also at increased risk of poor pregnancy outcomes including stillbirth, miscarriage, and pre-term birth.

Funded by NHS England through the Accelerated Access Collaborative, in partnership with the AHSN Network, SBRI Healthcare announced the opening of Competition 20 in May 2022 for innovations to address inequalities in Maternity Care.

Under the Health Inequalities in Maternity Care challenge, three categories were identified via consultation with clinicians, nurses and midwives, as well as other stakeholders working in provision of care across the maternity care spectrum.

  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Support to Women post-discharge
  • Risk identification, stratification, and intervention

List of Phase 1 panel members

Phase 2

Guidance for Applicants - Phase 2

Portal Guidance on using the RMS Application system


See the list of Phase 2 Panel members

Supporting documents


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