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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.

Below are some of the consultations affecting maternity services, midwives, pregnant women and new mums across the UK. We encourage you to also have your say:


Regulation system for healthcare professionals in the UK – due Friday 22 December 2017

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on the regulation of the healthcare professions across the UK. The purpose of the consultation is to gather views on what changes need to be made to the way midwives, nurses and other health professionals are regulated in the UK. Read our blog and respond to the consultation.


Safe staffing in Neonatal care in England – due Friday 22 December 2017

NHS Improvement has developed new safe staffing guidance for neonatal care. They are running a survey  where NHS staff can make comments before the final guideline is published.


Suicide Prevention in Wales – due Friday 8 December 2017

The Welsh Assembly is asking for views on the extent of the problem of suicide in Wales, and the contribution of public services to suicide prevention, and mental health services in particular.


Newly qualified doctors in the UK– due Wednesday 10 January 2018

The General Medical Council is asking for views on their Outcomes for graduates, a document which outlines what newly qualified doctors from UK medical schools must know and be able to do.


Scottish Obesity Strategy – due 31 January 2018

The Scottish Government has produced a new draft strategy to combat Obesity, including action on junk food advertising and preventative services including information, advice and support for children and families on healthy eating. You can have your say and read the draft strategy here.


Reshaping the future of midwifery education in the UK – ongoing

The NMC are encouraging midwives to get involved as the development of new education standards begin. The Standards are being developed by Prof Mary Renfrew, who outlines her work in a video on the NMC website.