Dating scan improvement incentive

The following candidates were successful at completing selected modules of the first trimester program on ScanTrainer, and received £200 each:

Naomi Murphy

James Wylie

Shaun McGowan

Special thanks

We wish to thank Mrs Megan and Kealan Hunter for their generous donation. Congratulations on their big day on the 8th of September 2018.




The Puffin Trust wishes to thank Heather and Andrew Burns and all the children of Riverdale Primary school for raising £850 !!! A big Thank You !! 🙂


The Puffin Trust wishes to thank Mrs and Mr McAuley and family, including their delightful son, Josh,  for their generous donation of £2000.


Ultrasound scan audit

The following has successfully completed the scan audit on biparietal diameter and abdominal circumference for the year 2015:

Dr. Emily Bailie

Dr Ryan Lavery

Previous projects funded


Pregnancy associated breast cancer in 15-45 year old women in Northern Ireland.
Jenny McNeil and Joanne Reid. Queens University and Belfast Trust.
Funded for £800.

Reducing the risk of congenital malformation in children born to mothers with epilepsy.
Jim Morrow, Michael Kinney, Emma Devenny, Inez Cooke. Belfast Trust.
Funded for £480.



Assessment of maternal serum lipids in early pregnancy compared with conventional risk factors in identifying women at risk of gestational diabetes.
David McCance, Parag Thaware, Ian S Young. Belfast Trust and Queen’s University.
Funded for £900.

Next Generation of Virtual World Environments for the Education of Midwives in Preparation for Stillbirth and Problem Birthing Scenarios.
Dr Joan Condell, Prof Marlene Sinclair, Dr Harkin, Ms McMonagle, Mr Callaghan. University of Ulster.
Funded for £900.

Stillbirth in Northern Ireland: 2000-2010.
Dale Spence, Alyson Hunter, Jim Dornan and Jason Gardosi . Queens’s University, Belfast Trust and Perinatal institute, Birmingham.
Funded for £900.



The Role of Ureaplasma parvum in Premature Labour.
Peter Coyle, Akila Anbazhagan, Ciara Cox, Alison Watt; Regional Virus Laboratory and Royal Maternity Hospital.
Funded for £500.

Psychotropic medications: A prospective study of the foetal outcomes following maternal psychotropic treatment for Bipolar Affective Disorder in pregnancy.
Rachel Morrow, Janine Lynch, Joy Bell, Peter Sloan; Belfast Trust.
Funded for £500.



Virtual World Environments for the Education/Support of Mothers and Midwives in Preparation for Birthing Scenarios: A Working Prototype.
Joan Condell, Kerri McCrory, Marlene Sinclair, Elaine Madden.
Ulster Hospital; University of Ulster.
Funded for £800.

An Open-Label Randomized-Controlled Trial of Low dose Aspirin with an Early Screening Test For Pre-eclampsia and Growth restriction : A Pilot Study (TEST Study).
Fionnuala Mone, Fionnuala McAuliffe, Fergal Malone, Marie Culliton, Alice Stanton, Paul Downey, Sean Daly, Mike Geary, Cecilia Mulcahy, Elizabeth Tully, Aine Toher, Patrick Dicker. National Maternity Hospital, Perinatal Ireland, RCSI, Coombe Women’s Hospital, Rotunda Hospital.
Funded for £800.



Clinical utility of 3D Doppler ultrasound and maternal biomarkers in the prediction of pre-eclampsia in high risk women ( The PREDICT study).

Kelly Ann Eastwood, Prof Ian Young, Valerie Holmes, Alyson Hunter

Belfast Trust and Queen’s University.

Funded for : £500.



An investigation into the effect of the mother’s birth experience and its impact on maternal  susceptibility to postnatal depression.

J Elwood, J Stockdale, E Murray, A Bell, M Sinclair.

Ulster University, Western Trust and Northern Trust.

Funded for: £1000.


[ Service Development Grant]

Additional ultrasound and Doppler training in the third trimester for midwives.

Pat Scott, Paul Fogarty.

South Eastern Trust.

Funded for : £1500.



Self-reported mental disorders in pregnancy in Northern Ireland: secondary analysis of data from the Northern Ireland Maternity System (NIMATS)

D Mongan, C Mulholland, J Lynch, C Shannnon, O McCambridge, D Hanna, R Morrow, R Connolly, C Gorman, S Hamilton, D Boulter.

Queen’s University, Northern Trust, Belfast Trust, Southern Trust, Public Health Agency.

Funded for : £2000.



[ Service Development Grant]

Development and evaluation of  recent changes to the provision of antenatal care for women with gestational diabetes mellitus

Irwin J, . Cooke I, Johnston K, Gomersall J,  Graham U, Courtney H, , Iqbal N, l, Quinn J, Gordon C, Watt P, McShane C, Menage C, Martin S, McCance D.

Belfast Trust.

Funded for :£1000


An early warning foetal motion detection system

Clare Dougan, Huiyu Zhou and Fatih Kurugollu

Belfast Trust and Queen’s University

Funded for :£1500






Previous educational courses

Medical disorders in pregnancy course, January 2011.

Perineal repair, April 2011.

MRCOG course, April 2011.

Third degree course, December 2011.

CTG study day, October 2011.

Fetal Medicine study day, September 2011.

Hands –on detailed normality scan course,  February 2012.

Medical disorders in pregnancy course, November 2012.

Back to Normality course, December 2012.

Early Pregnancy ultrasound course, April 2013.

Fetal cardiac scan course, June 2013.

Clinical genetics course, July2013.

Basic, intermediate and 3D scan course, January 2014.

Research, presentation skills, audit, clinical governance study day, June 2014.

Twin pregnancy study day, September 2014.

First trimester dating and Third trimester biometry and umbilical Doppler, November 2014.

Twin pregnancy study day ( repeat), February 2015.

Computerised CTG study day, May 2015.

Three vessel view fetal echo course, September 2015.

Neurological problems in pregnancy study day, January 2016

Three vessel view fetal echo course ( repeat), Janaury 2016.

Complex soical problems in pregnancy, April 2016.

Three vessel view fetal echo course ( repeat), May 2016.

Three vessel view fetal echo course ( repeat), September 2016.

Middle cerebral and uterine artery Doppler course, December 2016.

Three vessel view fetal echo course (repeat), January 2017.

Middle cerebral and uterine artery Doppler course (repeat), February 2017

Dating scan course, September 2017.

Controversies in pregnancy, January 2018.

Rare diseases in pregnancy, January 2018.

Cervical cerclage course, March 2018.

Middle cerebral artery Doppler (repeat), January 2019.

Middle cerebral artery Doppler (repeat), June 2019.

Fetal biometry and umbilical artery Doppler, November 2019.

Fetal Medicine study day, January 2020.

Middle cerebral artery Doppler (repeat), January 2020.

Medicolegal study day, March 2020

Our next grant round.

The deadline for the next Service Development Grant round is the 1st of March 2017. The award is for £1000.

To apply, please send the following information to [email protected]:


Title of project

Name of project Lead

Email of project Lead

Names of other members of team


Disciplines (e.g. Radiology, Obstetrics, Midwifery)

Short description of what is being proposed (less than 2 pages)

Short description in layman’s terms


Upcoming educational courses and functions.

The Puffin Trust will host a Medico-Legal study day on the 5th March 2020. Please click on the flyer here.

The Puffin Trust will host a hands on Detailed Fetal Anomaly scanning course on Friday the 3rd of April 2020. For more information, click here

To book your place, please email: [email protected]

Mr Pruffin Trust