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The RCM regularly responds to consultations from the NHS, government and other organisations on issues that affect maternity services. Our responses aim to represent members' views and provide an expert midwifery perspective to influence decision makers.

NMC consultations on Education

The NMC have launched their summer consultations on two different aspects of nursing and midwifery education, and on prescribing and standards for medicines management.  :

  • Education framework for nursing and midwifery: The consultation on the framework that sets out the education and training standards that all approved education institutions (AEIs) and practice placement providers must meet in order to deliver an NMC approved programme. It runs from 13 June until 12 September and can be accessed here
  • Standards of proficiency for registered nursing: The consultation on proposed pre-registration education standards for the future nurse runs from 13 June until 12 September and can be accessed here
  • Prescribing and standards for medicines management: This consultation will enable nurses to be able to prescribe much earlier in their careers than they can at the moment. You can access that consultation here. The closing date is unlisted (but presumed 12 September as well).

We are urging all midwives to have their say on these important consultations. Look out for a blog from us soon setting out the RCM view and what we hope the new framework and medicines management standards will achieve for midwives.

NHS Digital consultations on maternity app

Midwives from NHS Digital are developing a national maternity app to meet the challenges identified in the National Maternity Review, Better Births. It will be a reliable safe resource that midwives can be confident to recommend. We believe this not only offers huge benefits to women, their babies and families but will also become an invaluable resource for midwives. Now it’s your chance to share your views so the views of women and midwives are heard in the design of the resource.

The RCM would be grateful if you could click the link below and spare 10 minutes to complete this short survey so that we have the right information about your services: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/92XWRBD