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Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity is important for providing high-quality care for women and their families. To be able to provide a truly inclusive service and an NHS which treats all service users with respect, dignity and compassion, NHS  workplaces need to be inclusive and the workforce need to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Investment in NHS staff is an investment in NHS care. 

Investing in a diverse NHS workforce allows the NHS to deliver a more inclusive service and improve care for service users. Equality is about creating a fairer society where everybody has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. Inclusion is about an individual’s experience within the workplace, and in wider society, and the extent to which they feel valued and included.
 

The RCM Equality and Diversity publications are for our Workplace Reps and for members, and each publication carries the crystal mark award for plain English.

If you have any questions about our publications in the equality series, please contact amy.leversidge@rcm.org.uk

 

Standing for the RCM Board publication 

RCM Equality and Diversity - Standing for the RCM Board

This publication is designed to give RCM members some more information about standing for election to the board. We want to see as many applications to the board as possible. In particular we want our board to be inclusive and would like to see nominations from black and minority ethnic (BME) midwives, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) midwives, and younger midwives. Organisations whose members come from a range of different backgrounds are successful organisations because they provide a more inclusive environment for our members. We value all our members’ skills, experience and contribution. 

Download your copy of Standing for the RCM Board   


 

BME Midwives, Disciplinary Proceedings and the Workplace Race Equality Standard publication 

Equality and Diversity
This publication details the results of five years of freedom of information requests we have made to NHS trusts in London about the numbers of BME midwives involved in disciplinary proceedings and the outcomes of the 

Equality issues are important because to be able to provide a truly inclusive service which treats all service users with respect, dignity and compassion, NHS workplaces need to be inclusive and the workforce need to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Investment in NHS staff is an investment in high-quality NHS care.

Download your copy of BME Midwives, Disciplinary Proceedings and the Workplace Race Equality Standard


 

Equality Essentials publication

Equality and Diversity - Equality Essentials
The Equality Essentials publication is a useful guide for all RCM Workplace Representatives and Heads of Midwifery. 

This publications gives you information about the nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010; the different types of discrimination; the public sector equality duty; equality and diversity in the NHS; equality impact assessments; what Workplace Reps can do; and some common myths and facts about equality and diversity.

Download your copy of Equality Essentials


 

Working with the Menopause publication

The menopause is an occupational health issue that is growing in importance. This is particularly the case in the NHS and particularly in midwifery given that at any one time over a third of the the maternity unit could 

be experiencing symptoms of the menopause and suffering in silence. However, employers have been slow to recognise that women of menopausal age may need special consideration and as a result menopause is rarely discussed in the workplace and many managers will not be aware of the issues involved. This means that many women may feel they have to hide their symptoms and will be less likely to ask for reasonable adjustment that may help them. By supporting women and showing understanding of the symptoms involved, we can help keep valued, experienced midwives in the workforce. It is well known that when staff are motivated and valued, clinical outcomes are better.

This publications gives you information about the symptoms of the menopause, the age profile of  midwives, the effects of the menopause on work, the effects of the menopause on work in maternity units, what employers can do to help and what our workplace representatives can do.

Download your copy of Working with the Menopause

 


Pregnancy and Maternity Rights at Work publication

Equality and Diversity - Pregnancy and Maternity Rights at Work

It is important that RCM members are aware of the significance of pregnancy discrimination and the effect this has on women. You may be caring for a woman who is being discriminated against at work and this may be affecting her health and her pregnancy. You may need to give extra support and help to women who are experiencing pregnancy discrimination.

Download your copy of Pregnancy and Maternity Rights at Work

 


 

Work-related Stress publication 

We all sometimes talk about stress, and feeling stressed, usually when we feel we have too much to do, we have too much on our minds, other people are making unreasonable demands on us, or we are dealing with situations that we do not have control over. We can recognise these feelings in maternity units because the NHS is facing more pressure than ever before and this looks set to continue. According to the 2014 NHS Staff Survey 69% of midwives said they had come into work in the last three months despite not feeling well enough to carry out their duties.

Equality and Diversity - Work-related Stress
People perform better when they are confident and motivated and good mental health supports this. By positively supporting employees’ mental well-being employers can make sure that staff perform to the best of their ability. The strong relationship between levels of staff wellbeing and motivation and clinical outcomes is well known. As we know, investment in staff is an investment in care.

This guidance gives you information about stress and the ways to help you identify your stress triggers; information for Heads of Midwifery about management behaviours that can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing in the workplace; and information for Workplace Representatives about ways to work in partnership to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Download your copy of Work-related Stress


Useful links

As part of our affiliation to the TUC and our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity the RCM attends the TUC Women’s Conference and the TUC Black Workers’ Conference. You can read briefings about the conferences here: https://www.rcm.org.uk/tuc.


If you have any questions about the TUC Women’s Conference and/or the TUC Black Workers’ Conference please contact Amy Leversidge (Amy.Leversidge@rcm.org.uk).